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Reading Group 20 May 2021

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Thanks to members who joined the Zoom discussion on 29 April when the chosen book was The Regent. Our next meeting will be on 20 May and we will discuss The Grand Babylon Hotel. A new edition, contains an extensive Introduction by Randi Saloman is available from Abe books – search for United Kingdom availability. […]

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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 talk 20 March 2021

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A big thank you to Alan Pedley for a most interesting talk today.  A total of 50 members and friends registered, a few didn’t quite make it, but thanks to those who did.   Alan explored Bennett’s alter egos, from A Man from the North to Imperial Palace with many others in between. It is good to […]

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Derek Beard 1936-2021

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It was with sadness that we received the news that Derek Beard – a founder member of the Arnold Bennett Society – passed away on February 11th. Derek was a stalwart of the Society for many years, and we’re publishing the following two tributes to Derek.  The first is from his wife – Margaret Beard […]

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Bursley Trail Plaques

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A new set of Bennett Plaques for Burslem town centreFive new Arnold Bennett plaques have been commissioned by the Society and are in the process of being made. These will form a central ring of plaques around the Town Hall square and link to the present plaques already up on The Leopard Inn and The […]

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The Title

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From: Michael WatersEmail: mike@dingbat.me.uk Michael is a researcher on the Great War Theatre project led by Dr. Helen Brooks at the University of Kent: https://www.greatwartheatre.org.uk. Arnold Bennett’s play ‘The Title’ is in the database and he recently finished researching and writing up its performance history. Read his review here: https://www.greatwartheatre.org.uk/db/script/2643

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Zoom Talks – Dates for your diary

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Elizabeth Leslie will give the next Zoom talk. To book a place and receive the Zoom link, please email arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com Talk No. 5 – 2pm  24 April – Elizabeth Leslie – ‘He’s identified,” said the first speaker, “with the great cause of cheering us all up.

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Zoom Talk – 20 Feb 2021

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February 20th – Fred Hughes My Burslem – Bennett’s Bursley: Our thanks to Fred for a most interesting and informative talk today, followed by another lively Q&A session with 60 members and friends taking part. A full transcript of the Fred’s talk will appear in the next edition of the Society’s newsletter.

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Reading Group – Feb 2021

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Ten members of The Reading Group  discussed Whom God Hath Joined via Zoom on Thursday 28 January. Our next Reading Group meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday 25 February at 11.30am. We will be discussing The Glimpse. To join the discussion, please email arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com to obtain the link. The Glimpse by Arnold BennettDescribed as […]

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Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2020

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Due to the Covid restrictions, it has been decided not to have a book prize for 2020.  The Society will re commence the Prize in 2022 and will accept books written and published in 2020 and 2021. Updates will be posted when available. The Arnold Bennett Prize is an annual literary award which was instituted […]

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