Welcome to the July monthly bulletin

This month we found D.H. Lawrence at a football match and saw the Society fully embrace technology by acquiring a YouTube channel. We imagine that Lawrence would probably not be a fan of social media, although the opportunity to monetise your own work, and to express ideas without censorship, might appeal. As always, if you want anything included in the bulletin, you can send information to Brenda ( or directly to me (   

The bulletin will now be published on the 1st of each month. 

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D.H. Lawrence made his first appearance at the City Ground on 26 February 2019 in a home match against Derby County. Lawrence, along with other iconic figures from Nottingham, featured on full length banners as part of a Rebel City project by Forza Garibaldi. Now he is an isolated banner in an empty ground due to social distancing, as this picture from last weekend testifies.  

Lawrence certainly deserved the title rebel, though there doesn't seem to be much evidence of him being a football fan. He does refer to the sport in his 1913 story 'Strike Pay' (also known as 'Ephraim's Half Sovereign'), when a group of striking miners walk to Nottingham to watch Notts County play Aston Villa. 

"It was a good match between Notts and Villa — no goals at half-time, two-none for Notts at the finish. The colliers were hugely delighted, especially as Flint, the forward for Notts, who was an Underwood man well known to the four comrades, did some handsome work, putting the two goals through."

Alan Sillitoe, who also features on one of the banners, was not a football fan either. His only story to feature football was 'The Match'. In this, a fan comes home from a game and beats up his wife because he is frustrated at his team's lack of success. It's interesting that both of these iconic Nottingham writers used the sport to shine a light on working class life rather than the sport itself. More on the Lawrence banner here 

You can read 'Strike Pay' online here  
Lawrence Eastwood Group

Wednesday 8 July

From 9am you will be able to listen to a podcast hosted by Alan Wilson called 'The country of my heart'. This can accessed from our website by clicking on the meetings tab here. This means that you can listen to it at any time. Alan is an original native of Eastwood, and will be providing a 'virtual' walk through Eastwood and the surrounding countryside, stopping off and talking with people about local characters, places and memories.  

Then in the evening at 8pm there is a chance to have a natter via Zoom with Alan about the podcast. Link to Zoom meeting here  Please let Brenda know if you will be attending. 

If you missed the June meeting where Andrew Harrison discussed Piano, you can listen again to the talk here

Fiona Fleming was unable to cross the channel to give her talk on Lawrence and Thomas Hardy this month and so she has kindly recorded her lecture over four parts for our YouTube channel. You can watch them using the link below. (Image from DHLawrence: A Digital Pilgrimage)

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

Lawrence London Group

The Lawrence London Group ended their talks for the summer with a fascinating discussion of the adaptations of Lawrence's work. One of these was the 1976 version of 'The Rocking Horse Winner' which was reminiscent of 'Tales of the Unexpected'. You can watch it here or compare this production with the 1949 version. A write-up of the event will be published soon on Catherine Brown's website To join their new sessions in the autumn, please contact Catherine directly at 

Lawrence in Academia...

D. H. Lawrence and Michel Foucault: A Poetics of Historical Vision by David Zhang 

This paper examines in what way the historical visions of Lawrence and Foucault are similar to each other; how these visions were formed; and what idea of historical process they imply. Both writers derive an optimistic vision from an apparently bleakly pessimistic one. The author explores Lawrence’s account of how the extrarational drives become mechanised and instrumentalized by the effects of industrialism, juxtaposing it with Foucault’s account of how human bodies are shaped and manipulated by ‘bio-power’. The author also connects Lawrence’s historical vision of destructive creative power with Foucault’s historical vision of continuity and discontinuity, in the light of their shared view of history as cyclical. Lawrence and Foucault share a historical (and philosophical) vision which rejects the centrality of the conscious human subject, with its prohibition or marginalisation of the unconscious, spontaneous and instinctive. Their vision is also one which repudiates conventional historical chronologies and orderings based on principles of progress, evolution, and the development of the human spirit through time. They ‘excavate’ to find kinds of knowledge long forgotten, excluded and ‘subjugated’ in the Western historical tradition, with its emphasis on only continuity and progress. Through their ‘archaeological’ approach to history, Lawrence and Foucault see it as a cyclical process of destruction and creation, continuity and discontinuity.

You can read the 17 page article here
Neophilologus 83: 169–185, 1999.

From the Blog

If the weather starts to warm up again, you might be tempted to dig out a pair of sandals. We hope that they're a bit more comfortable than the one’s Ode Bert wore. ‘I am always so glad when the real summer comes, and one can go about with light clothes on, and feet in sandals and not bother about anything’ he wrote on 24th June 1926. 

The sandals are explored in more detail in a guest blog on our website from The Manuscripts and Special Collections department, University of Nottingham. Thanks to Amy Bowler and John Worthen for this one.

You can read the full blog  here.


Torpedo the Ark is a blog by Stephen Alexander that playfully and provocatively questions assumed truths about life, culture and art.

Stephen’s Lawrence-related blogs this month mostly focus on the short stories discussed at the London Group meeting. They include an analysis of ‘You Touched Me’ in  A Touch of Evil à la D. H. Lawrence. In Don't Let D. H. Lawrence Rub You Up the Wrong Way he looks at three scenes from Lawrence’s work to understand the man who puts the friction in fictionShe Was Only a Horse-Dealer's Daughter analyses the short story of the sae name. Let's Go Outside: Notes on The Horla discusses the concept of the outside via the occult musings of Richard Somers in Kangaroo (1923) and how thought from outside has also been an important influence on Stephen's philosophy. His Belly Dancing blog warns against a morbid fear of the body. Expect to be shocked, entertained and enlightened. Possibly all at the same time…

The Society purchased the above map of Eastwood from a bookshop in Hay-on-Wye last year. It is an 1881 OS map, about 3ft square (scale is 1:2500), edged in green silk and hand coloured. Given that Lawrence was born in 1885, it gives a very accurate view of the area at the time. We thoght we would include this to get you in the mood for Alan's podcast.

Bloom’s Day

We missed Bloom’s Day in our last Bulletin. Although Zoom Day is perhaps more apt: “On June 16, 1904, Leopold Bloom wandered the streets of Dublin in James Joyce’s 800 page novel Ulysses. It is a masterpiece of modernist literature, or as T.S. Eliot wrote, “a book to which we are all indebted and from which none of us can escape.” Like Lawrence, James Joyce lived in self-imposed exile. They both experienced censorship of their work, with Joyce writing, “If Ulysses isn’t fit to read, life isn’t fit to live” which very much echoes Lawrence’s argument “If you hate sex, you hate beauty” Despite both experimenting and provoking in their own unique way, they became literary rivals rather than friends. Lawrence felt Joyce was too overt with form and too self-conscious, writing: “Did I feel a twinge in my little toe, or didn’t I?” asks every character of Mr. Joyce or of Miss Richardson or M. Proust. . . . Through thousands and thousands of pages Mr. Joyce and Miss Richardson tear themselves to pieces, strip their smallest emotions to the finest threads, till you feel you are sewed inside a wool mattress that is being slowly shaken up, and you are turning to wool along with the rest of the woolliness.” Lawrence felt that the ending of Ulysses, “is the dirtiest, most indecent, obscene thing ever written…This Ulysses muck is more disgusting than Casanova. I must show that it can be done without muck.” And he did to some extent with Lady C, which has a very different ending. Although the censor felt this was equally mucky, banning it until 1960.”
Source: D.H. Lawrence: A Digital Pilgrimage

The Fox

With the #BlackLivesMatter movement very prominent at the moment we thought it was worth celebrating a Black artist who has contributed to Lawrence’s heritage. “This beautiful poster for the 1967 Hollywood adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novella THE FOX was the sole published movie poster authored by the great husband-and-wife illustrator team of Leo and Diane Dillon. In 1976 Leo became the first Black artist in 40 years (since its inception) to win the prestigious Caldecott Medal for children's books. He and Diane won it again the following year.”
Source: Movie Poster of the Day

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly make another adaptation of Lady Chatterley, they can. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (above) is in active negotiations to direct Lady C for 3000 Pictures, led by Elizabeth Gabler. Oscar nominee Laurence Mark and Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures are producing.
Source: Variety magazine
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