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Heritage Open Days – Bennett’s Burslem

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Although lockdown is easing, organisations are still having to be creative in thinking of alternatives to planned events.  Heritage Open Days are going ahead this year in virtual form and the Society is involved in Stoke-on-Trent’s offering.  Ray Johnson of Staffordshire Film Archive and Society Vice President, also chairs the local HOD group and is […]

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2019 Conference Proceedings

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Proceedings of the Arnold Bennett Society Annual Conference 2019 published July 2020. ARNOLD BENNETT’S NON-FICTION   CONTENTS: Catherine Burgass, The Five Towns in Fact; Fred Hughes, Lost and Found on a Roman Road; Leslie Powner, Paris Nights; Alan Pedley, Arnold Bennett and Andre Gide; Martin Laux, The Story of Arnold Bennett’s Introductions; Paul Jordan, Literary […]

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Beautiful Bursley

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There are two current projects highlighting the cultural heritage of Burslem – Arnold Bennett’s ‘Bursley’.  Burslem is known as the ‘Mother Town’ in Stoke-on-Trent because of its primacy in the history of the pottery industry.  It is home to some of the city’s architectural gems, such as the Wedgwood Institute.   The first is a […]

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ALS Journal

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The Alliance of Literary Societies 2020 journal ALSo is now published.  The theme of this year’s issue is 20:20 Vision and it can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the link below. The theme of the 2021 issue is Parody.  Society members are invited to submit articles and details of how to do […]

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New Bennett plaque in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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A new plaque has been installed on the recently renovated old Orme Boys School, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Bennett’s ‘Oldcastle Middle School’ in Clayhanger – by the Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society. The remainder of the more recent school buildings have been demolished and replaced with student flats and apartments. Photo credits Ray Johnson   A previous plaque made […]

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Happy Birthday Arnold

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Should have been celebrating with friends and members of the Society at the Savoy Hotel, London. Cartoon courtesy of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley. Birthday wishes from – Lucille, Hazel, Elizabeth, Daniel, Frank, Maire, Marilyn, Ann, Stephen, Annette, Neil, Rosemary, June, Andrew, The Waiting Room Gallery, Michael, Sarah, Kath, Amelia, Patricia, Diane and […]

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Arnold Bennett Book Prize – Update

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“Thank to everyone for submitting your book for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize. Normally we should like to have published the short list by late May and the presentation would have been made at the Arnold Bennett Society Annual Conference in June. However that has now been postponed. In these unprecedented circumstances the whole of […]

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Staffordshire Day 1 May 2020

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The Distinctively Staffordshire video went live on Youtube today – Staffordshire Day. Arnold’s in there – obviously. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFz3TSiAEQ

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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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