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

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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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1 September: Annual subscription due- renewal form in August Newsletter  17 September:  ‘Masters and Men: 200 years of riot and rebellion in the Potteries’.  A Heritage Open Day talk with film by Catherine Burgass and Ray Johnson, Burslem Town Hall (Haywood Academy), 7:00 pm – FREE EVENT  19 October:  Annual General Meeting, Swan Bank, Methodist Rooms, […]

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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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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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Personally Speaking

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Ambition’s the key to reviving derelict sites The following article first appeared in the Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) Monday March 4, 2019 BBC Radio 4’s adaptation over five weekends  of Arnold Bennet’s novels, ‘China Towns ‘ is still further evidence of the rich seam of Burlsem’s cultural heritage being in the  national spotlight. Again!! Its […]

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A business columnist’s perspective on The Old Wives’ Tale

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  Daniel Akst.   For a writer, Arnold Bennett was a pretty good businessman. He earned enough from his prodigious output to buy not just one yacht but two — and the second was so vast, it required a crew of eight. Unjustly forgotten today, Bennett was a literary dreadnought in his own right during the first […]

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The Romance of the Shop – Talk by Prof Deborah Wynne

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Saturday 23 February 2019 2.30pm ‘The Romance of the Shop: Life Behind the Counter in the Work of Arnold Bennett and H.G.Wells’, a talk by Professor Deborah Wynne (University of Chester). Friends’ Meeting House, Miller Street, Newcastle Under Lyme, 2.30pm Tea and Biscuits will be served after the talk.

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