The D.H Lawrence Festival of Culture
Saturday 1st September to Saturday 15th September 2018
SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
Day 1a) HAGGS FARM CORNER, an exhibition 11 – 3pm at the Breach House
Free admission. Organised by Ruth Hall
A visual display about the history and development of the Haggs Farm Society, with a chance to browse through literature, periodicals and other archive material.
It opens at 11.am with the exhibition, followed by an hour of informal readings at 2.pm.
Day 1b) “LAWRENCE LADIES”—Beauty and Poetry
Organised by Michelle (Durban House) and Philipa Coughlin
4.30—7.30 p.m. The Cafe, Durban House, Eastwood.
Admission £10, including cream tea, drink etc.
Please book in advance through Michelle (01773 609249) (Max number 30)
An opportunity to look around Durban House, enjoy a cream tea (and drink) and learn something about Lawrence and his poetry, with readings related to Lawrence and his women, Lawrence and Beauty, and learn something of the background of Durban House in Lawrence’s life.
SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Day 2) A Service of ‘FESTIVAL SONGS OF PRAISE’
Led by Rev. Nick Price and Alan Wilson.
6pm. at Eastwood Baptist Church, Percy Street, Eastwood (NG 16 3EP)
A ‘Beginning of Festival Flourish’, celebrating well loved congregational hymn singing, presented in the BBC style. Several members of the local community are interviewed about their life and contribution to the community, supported by some rousing congregational singing of good old fashioned popular hymns, including one loved by Lawrence
MONDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
Day 3) Group study of the short story “FANNY AND ANNIE”, led by Malcolm Gray
7pm at The Council Chamber, Nottingham Road, Eastwood.
Text study and Group discussion. Open to all. Copies of the appropriate extracts will be available. There will be a visit to the cottage connected with this short story on Sunday 9th September (see separate entry)
TUESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Day 4) Eastwood Walk “THE LOST GIRL TRAIL”,
A guided walk (approx 2hours 30 minutes) led by Sheila Bamford
2p.m, meet at the Sun Inn, Eastwood.
WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Day 5) Poetry Reading and Group Discussion
‘D. H. LAWRENCE’S DIALECT POETRY’, led by Dr. Andrew Harrison.
7pm at the Horse and Groom Pub, Moorgreen.
In his first published volume of verse (“Love Poems and Others” Pub 1913) Lawrence included four poems written in Eastwood dialect “Violets”; “Whether or Not”; “A Colliers Wife” and “The Drained Cup”. The reading group—led by Dr. Andrew Harrison of the D.H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, will include readings of these poems and give participants the opportunity to explore such issues as Lawrence’s transcription of local speech. Copies of the poems will be made available on the night.
THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Day 6) Talks and Workshop ‘SINGING EASTWOOD’
Led by Alan Wilson, assisted by Malcolm Gray and Rev. Nick Price.
2 – 6 pm.at Eastwood Baptist Church, Percy Street. (NG16 3EP)
Free admission, retiring collection
Celebrating a rich musical history through Eastwood’s former chapels and the entrepreneuring work of ARTHUR LINWOOD, who for many years composed and published volumes of anthems, running a successful business for half a century in Eastwood’s High Street. Memory of these establishments, now defunct, will be brought back to life in this surviving flourishing chapel, together with a recent discovery of Linwood scores. The session – led by Alan Wilson, assisted by Malcolm Gray and Rev. Nick Price, includes Lawrence’s association with the iconic Congregational Church as well as a personal valuation of his approach towards Christian faith, together with a talk/exploratory ‘local’ music workshop, concluding with a participatory liturgy placing such musical artifacts in their original context
FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Day 7) Concert ‘BEAUVALE PRIORY AND THE CARTHUSIANS’
Performed and Directed by Alan Wilson (organ), with speakers and musicians
7.30 pm Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, 280, Nottingham Road, Hill Top, Eastwood, NG16 2AQ
Free admission, retiring collection
Beauvale Priory, a scheduled monument just outside Eastwood, was home to a contemplative Carthusian Order, historically important as the home of the two
Priors Robert Lawrence and John Houghton, who were among the first English Martyrs to be executed at the Reformation. The beautiful Catholic Church at Hill Top, with its important chapel dedicated to these two Saints, is a perfect place to house this concert, possessing a fine organ and good acoustics.
The programme, performed by the organist and composer Alan Wilson, together with friends, traces through music and words the formation, prosperity, destruction and resurrection of this important shrine. Reference is also made to D. H. Lawrence’s short story ‘A fragment of stained glass’.
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
Day 8a) F.R. LEAVIS SOCIETY AND D.H. LAWRENCE SOCIETY CONFERENCE
10 -5 pm at Eastwood Hall Conference Centre, Mansfield Rd, Eastwood. Cost £33
A one day conference with invited speakers from the F.R. Leavis Society and the D. H. Lawrence Society giving papers, and the opportunity for Q and A and open discussion. This conference is primarily for members of the Leavis Society or the Lawrence Society but non members would be welcome. Price is inclusive of food and drink.
Day 8b) THE D.H. LAWRENCE SOCIETY BIRTHDAY LECTURE
Given by Christopher Miles
7pm at the Eastwood Conference Hall, Mansfield Rd, Eastwood.
The annual D.H. Lawrence Society Birthday Lecture, given this year by Christopher Miles, is an open meeting. Christopher Miles directed the 1982 film “Priest of Love” with Ava Gardner, Janet Suzman and Ian McKellan as D.H. Lawrence. He also directed the film adaptation of Lawrence’s short story “The Virgin and the Gypsy” starring Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero and Honor Blackman. In his Birthday lecture Christopher Miles will be talking on “THOSE PAINTINGS”—THE PAINTINGS OF D.H. LAWRENCE.
SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Day 9) Visit and walk, based on the short story ‘Fanny and Annie’
Led by Malcolm Gray
2pm, meet at The Old Chapel, Morley Almhouse Lane,
Morley, Derbys DE 7 6DL
Free admission. Please book a place with Malcolm so that we have an idea of numbers.
In 1919 D.H. Lawrence began work on a short story “Fanny and Annie”. He used the old Morley Chapel as part of his location. The opportunity now exists to visit the old chapel and walk around the area—with some possible readings from the story. There will be some light refreshments. This visit has kindly been offered by the owner of the house to Lawrence Society members.
Day 10) SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
Chapter and Verse Event. D.H.LAWRENCE: THE PIT, THE PUB, AND THE PLOUGH
Speakers: David Amos, Harry Riley and many others.
2-5pm. Breach House, Eastwood,
Free admission, donations welcome for the Breach House and Eastwood Memory Cafe. For more information phone David Page 01773 279852.
There will be Breach House Open Days on the 1st, 8th and 9th September to coincide with the events and also Open House Weekend.