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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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Gourmet Cafe Reopens in Stoke

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The Gourmet Coffee Bar has reopened at Stoke Railway Station, Station Road, with access from road and platform one at the station. Worth going in just to see the Philip Hardaker mosaic featuring famous Stokies. FIND ARNOLD

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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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LOOKING AHEAD

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19 October:  Annual General Meeting, Swan Bank, Methodist Rooms, Burslem, 2:00pm  1 November: Submission deadline for articles for the Winter 2020 Newsletter 4 December: Literary Lunch, Speaker Lisa Blower, Potbank Hotel, Elenora Street, Stoke.  12:00 – application form in August Newsletter. 29 February 2020: Annual talk at Friends’ Meeting House – details in the January 2020 Newsletter. […]

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John Lancaster’s poems of the Potteries

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Poet John Lancaster won the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize with his fifth volume, Potters: A Division of Labour.  Potters is a humorous and poignant tribute to the workers of Alfred Meakin Pottery, where John had a job between school and university.  John now lives in Totnes, but has not forgotten his North Staffordshire roots.  He […]

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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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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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