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Arnold Bennett Plaques unveiled in Burslem

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New Arnold Bennett Plaques unveiled in Burslem On Saturday 24th July five more blue and white plaques were added to the “Bursley Trail” in Burslem. In addition to further replacements of brown plaques put up three decades ago, a brand new plaque commemorating “The Shambles” – the Burslem Meat Market which dominated the East end of […]

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90th Anniversary – Commemoration

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90th Anniversary of Arnold Bennett’s death: 27th March 1931The BBC are commemorating this anniversary with broadcasts and online recordings on BBC Radio 4 Extra with three repeated programmes on offer. Arnold of the Five Towns (30 minutes): Samira Ahmed visits Stoke-on-Trent to explore the life and work of Potteries-born Arnold Bennett. This is being broadcast live on Monday […]

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Derek Beard 1936-2021

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It was with sadness that we received the news that Derek Beard – a founder member of the Arnold Bennett Society – passed away on February 11th. Derek was a stalwart of the Society for many years, and we’re publishing the following two tributes to Derek.  The first is from his wife – Margaret Beard […]

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Beautiful Bursley – Update 14 January 2021

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Update 14 January 2021 Replacement plaques on Bursley Trail There are two current projects highlighting the cultural heritage of Burslem – Arnold Bennett’s ‘Bursley’.  Burslem is known as the ‘Mother Town’ in Stoke-on-Trent because of its primacy in the history of the pottery industry.  It is home to some of the city’s architectural gems, such […]

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New Bennett plaque in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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A new plaque has been installed on the recently renovated old Orme Boys School, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Bennett’s ‘Oldcastle Middle School’ in Clayhanger – by the Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society. The remainder of the more recent school buildings have been demolished and replaced with student flats and apartments. Photo credits Ray Johnson   A previous plaque made […]

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Arnold and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

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Thanks to Paul Williams, Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent’s Cultural Destinations Partnership for the use of his photograph. Alice reading ‘The Card‘ out loud to Arnold, whilst Alex is trying to show him what’s on at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

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From the Big Issue to The Chapter Catcher Review 4 June 2019

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FROM THE BIG ISSUE  TO CHAPTER CATCHER On a recent visit to Hay-on-Wye (24 May) Marie-Claude and I were suddenly confronted by the impressive presence of a familiar figure. ‘I know you! But I’ve forgotten your names’. The friendly greeting came from John (Lord) Bird, with whom we had had the privilege of dining at […]

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