Writing the Midlands: A Sense of Place in the Works of Mary Webb and Arnold Bennett

This study day will explore the work of two writers who found inspiration in very different regions of the Midlands.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) transformed the Potteries in Staffordshire into ‘the Five Towns’ in major novels such as Anna of the Five Towns and Clayhanger. He depicted characters whose lives were enmeshed in the industrial landscape.

Mary Webb (1881-1927) wrote novels based on rural Shropshire, including Precious Bane and Gone to Earth. Her characters are also profoundly shaped by the landscape in which they live.

'Writing the Midlands: A Sense of Place in the Works of Mary Webb and Arnold Bennett', at Guildhall on May 26, will offer talks and opportunities for discussion.

It is open to everyone who would like to find out more about these fascinating writers.

Admission is £25 including lunch and refreshments. To book a place go to: goo.gl/swqps4 or https://shopfront.chester.ac.uk.

For further information, email Prof Deborah Wynne at d.wynne@chester.ac.uk or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (SY3 8HQ), which is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays.

The study day is part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details go to www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk/public-events.

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