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Parallel Lives by Frederick Marriott – John Shapcott Keele University

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By John Shapcott – Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Keele and a Vice-President of the Arnold Bennett Society. It is the first publication of the entire Marriott manuscript and with an extensive addition of illustrations and notes, it offer an entertaining and informative biography.  It’s the first biography of Arnold Bennett since 1974 […]

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Annual Conference 2020

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Arnold Bennett Society Annual Conference ARNOLD BENNETT’S SOCIAL CONSCIENCE North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill 13 June 2020 Call for Papers 2020

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“Growing Up With Clayhanger”

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I  have a short personal essay called “Growing Up with Clayhanger” in this beautiful new book published by the Letter Press Project Jonathan Taylor   http://letterpressproject.co.uk/the-resource-archive/2019-10-31/the-dream-i-held-in-my-hands?  

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Gourmet Cafe Reopens in Stoke – FIND ARNOLD.

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The Gourmet Coffee Bar has reopened at Stoke Railway Station, Station Road, with access from road and platform one at the station. Worth going in just to see the Philip Hardaker mosaic featuring famous Stokies. FIND ARNOLD

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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 TO 2020

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29 February 2020: Annual talk at Friends’ Meeting House – details in the January 2020 Newsletter. 28 March 2020: Annual Dinner – Potbank Hotel, Elenora Street, Stoke. Application form in the January Newsletter.  31 March 2020: Submission deadline for the Spring 2020 Newsletter. 13 June 2020 (provisional) Annual Conference: ‘Arnold Bennett’s Social Conscience’, North Staffs […]

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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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