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

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Video Programmes for home viewing

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Video programmes available to Arnold Bennett Society members for free download. In these stressful times I’m making available some Bennett-related archive-based video programmes as free downloads for personal viewing at home. These sidelights on Bennett were originally put together for various presentations, for capturing interviews – and also for fund-raising as DVDs to be able […]

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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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Annual Dinner – cancellation

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From the Chair of Trustees (16/3/2020):   Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have taken the decision to cancel the Society’s forthcoming Dinner on 28th March.  We are disappointed not to be going ahead with this event, but consider the safety of our members to be paramount.   Leslie Powner lesliepowner@gmail.com

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Arnold Bennett Society AGM 19 October 2019

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Arnold Bennett Society Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at Swan Bank, Methodist Rooms Saturday 19 October 2019 at 2pm Charity Registration Number 1140053  Apologies for absence: Roger & Wendy Statham, Jenny Graveson, David & Judith Pugsley, Maire & John Davies, Jerry Park, Richard Gorton, Jean Monares, Margaret Barrett, Clive Osborne, Prof James Bryant, […]

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From the Journals of Arnold Bennett 1904

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Paris: Monday, February 29th Last night seemed to be one of the bitterest we have had in the present cold spell; yet I noticed a number of people sitting out quite unconcernedly on the terrasses of the cafes on the Grand Boulevard.  Some cafes had thick mats spread over the terrasse, and one had a […]

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Annual Dinner 2020

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Booking is now open for the Society Annual Dinner 2020 on 28th March.  We are delighted to announce our guest speakers this year: Lin Coghlan and Shaun McKenna, co-writers of the BBC Radio 4 11-part adaptation of Bennett’s Five Towns novels, China Towns.  The series was reviewed (part-way through) in the Spring 2019 edition of […]

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Reading Group February 2020

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The Reading group has been going now for over 12 months.  Seven members attended our February discussion on The Pretty Lady.   Our March discussion will be on Buried Alive. You can watch the film version of the book, on Youtube. For more details on the Reading Group, please contact Carol Ann Gorton arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com   Look what […]

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Arnold and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

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Thanks to Paul Williams, Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent’s Cultural Destinations Partnership for the use of his photograph. Alice reading #TheCard out loud to Arnold, whilst Alex is trying to show him what’s on at #PMAG  

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Arnold Bennett Prize 2020

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The Arnold Bennett Prize is an annual literary award which was instituted in 2017 as part of the Arnold Bennett 150th anniversary celebrations.  £500 is awarded to an author who lives or work in North Staffordshire and has published a book in the relevant year, or to the author of a book which features the […]

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