The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

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Bennett of the Five Towns Compilation DVD

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Available from Barewall Art Gallery https://www.barewall.co.uk/collections/art-gift-shop and from Staffordshire Film Archive https://www.filmarchive.org.uk/products/bennett-of-the-five-towns £10 – free postage It is also free to view on YouTube – click here to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGvo0aZCNTc&feature=youtu.be Or search:  “BENNETT OF THE FIVE TOWNS Compilation” “Bennett of the Five Towns” is an insight into Arnold Bennett’s relationship with the Potteries and his writing […]

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Slightly Foxed Podcast – Margaret Drabble

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Dame Margaret Drabble joins us at the Slightly Foxed table as we celebrate her life in writing. From taking up her pen in the 1960s as a young mother alone in her kitchen to feeling part of a movement with Nell Dunn, Margaret Forster and Edna O’Brien, to editing The Oxford Companion to English Literature […]

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“Growing Up With Clayhanger”

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I  have a short personal essay called “Growing Up with Clayhanger” in this beautiful new book published by the Letter Press Project Jonathan Taylor   http://letterpressproject.co.uk/the-resource-archive/2019-10-31/the-dream-i-held-in-my-hands?  

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Congratulations to Hannah Scragg on her PhD.

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Many congratulations to Hannah Scragg on her successful PhD viva exam at Keele University. Hannah’s thesis is entitled ‘Beyond the Five Towns: a re-evaluation of Arnold Bennett’ – a boost for Bennett scholarship! Keele University Humanities & Social Sciences http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hannah_Scragg

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Colin Fisher’s Blog 16 April 2019

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Colin Fisher’s Blog April 16, 2019 Enthralling – not interminable For over two years I used Arnold Bennett’s self-help book Literary Taste to find out if, a century after the book’s publication, it was possible to create my own literary taste. To carry on the experiment, I will now read the books reviewed by Arnold […]

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Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure.

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Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure By Cal Newport.  New York Times April 8, 2019 . . . Mr. Bennett is not a name that typically comes to mind when seeking advice about our current high-tech moment. But he should be. In 1905, Mr. Bennett stepped away from his traditional genres to produce […]

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From the Vaults, but worth reading again

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The Age of Uncertainty –  On Google searches, the name ‘Arnold Bennett’ frequently appeared, but each time I dismissed him without a moment’s consideration. The very idea! But why was I so prejudiced against a novelist who had once been called “the English Zola”? I couldn’t quite remember. Mrs Woolf and Mr Bennett

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