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

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Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2022

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The Society welcomes submissions to be considered for the 2022 Book Prize. The criteria are that the book should be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama by an author with a North Staffordshire connection or set in the area by any author. The book must be published in 2020 or 2021 and should have an ISBN. […]

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8 December 2021 Literary Lunch

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We are pleased to announce the speaker for our 2021 Literary Lunch will be the British/Irish writer Kit de Waal. Please complete and return this application form.

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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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Jacques Eldin

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It is with regret and sadness that we report the recent death of our Vice President Jacques Eldin. Jacques was Arnold Bennett’s son-in-law. Jacques leaves his son – our President Denis Eldin – and his daughter Monique and her family.  The funeral will take place on Thursday 17 June.You will find the details on this […]

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Birthday Celebrations 2021

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Thanks to everyone who attended AB’s Birthday Commemoration on 27th May 2021 It was especially nice chat to some of you over a coffee at The Quarter in Piccadilly. The unveiling of the statue in 2017. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=10155326546929814&ref=watch_permalink

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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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Zoom Talks

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A CHANCE ENCOUNTER – ARNOLD MEETS PAULINE Thanks to everyone who attended Jenny Graveson’s Zoom talk on Saturday 27th November 2021 on the South African writer Pauline Smith. Arnold and Pauline became friends after a chance meeting with her mother and sister in Switzerland. Arnold encouraged Pauline to write and helped her to get published. […]

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