Arnold Bennett and Keele English

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Posted on 11 March 2013

John Shapcott, Honorary Research Fellow in the Research Institute for Humanities and a leading specialist on the works of Arnold Bennett, organised a study week on the region's best known novelist, attended by members of Add-Venture in Learning, an organisation that promotes life-long learning among visually impaired adults.

In addition to tours of local sites of interest, students read and discussed Bennett's Clayhanger and The Old Wives' Tale in sessions led by, among others, John Shapcott, Dr Leslie Powner (American Studies) and Professor David Amigoni (English).

Professor Amigoni was invited speaker at the annual Arnold Bennett Society February lecture, at which he spoke on Arnold Bennett and Charles Darwin in the context of evolution, urban development and the 'Midlands voice'.