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

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Reading Group visit to the Providence Works

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Members of the AB Reading group on a visit to the Providence Works, Middleport 7 November 2019  Mynors’ works was acknowledged to be one of the best, of its size, in the district – a model three-oven bank, and it must be remembered that of the hundreds of banks in the Five Towns the vast […]

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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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Arnold Bennett Literary Award 2020

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Entries are now open for the Arnold Bennett Literary Award 2020 It is the fourth year the international book prize has been organised by the Arnold Bennett Society in partnership with The Sentinel. Entry is also open to writers living anywhere in the world if their work deals with life in North Staffordshire. Past winners include Guardian […]

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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 Arnold Bennett was an early-20th-century British novelist, playwright and critic. He’s perhaps best known for his detail-oriented novels set around the Staffordshire Potteries. In 1931, during a trip to Paris, he ignored a waiter’s advice to avoid the […]

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2019 Arnold Bennett Prize

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Nominations are now being taken for the 2019 Book Prize. The prize is for books published during 2018. They can be any genre, fiction or non-fiction, and of any length. They must be by a North Staffordshire writer, or set in North Staffordshire. The books must exist in physical form, rather than purely digitally, and […]

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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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Conference Papers

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The Many Lives of Arnold Bennett A Celebration The 2017 papers can now be ordered. Cost £7.00 plus postage. Arnold Bennett: Friends and Acquaintances The 2016 conference papers can now be ordered. Cost £6.00 plus postage Arnold Bennett Abroad The 2015 conference papers can now be ordered. Cost: £6.00 plus postage. ‘Death, Fire, Life’: Arnold […]

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