Welcome to the July/August bulletin... 

If I want to step ‘outside the circuit of civilisation’ I go out on the lash with my brother in Mansfield. Lawrence, however, felt he might find this in Sardinia and so embarked on a brisk visit of the island. He wasn’t disappointed, and on his arrival found an ‘uneasy sense of blood familiarity’. Daniele Marzeddu has had a more pleasant experience on the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has just returned from filming as part of his Return to Sea and Sardinia project. You can read more about this further down the bulletin.

Sardinia wasn’t quite on the Grand Tour route and so didn’t receive much publicity from British travellers until the mid-1800s when John Tyndale penned his three volume analysis of the then largely illiterate and rural population. Tyndale’s travel book kicks off a new bulletin feature called ‘Shelfie’ where we will look at books either by Lawrence, about Lawrence, or that relate to his work and life in some way. If you have any in mind and would like to contribute, get in contact.

There’s a bit of a symposium going on this month so please don't sit like a dandelion on its stem but instead find yourself blown abroad via Zoom to as many events as you can. Thanks to a wifi connection, distance and proximity no longer matter. Make the most of this opportunity to meet other Lawrence enthusiasts from across the globe. Our listings were correct at the time of publication, but please do check the website as things often change at the last minute.

Finally, it is with great sadness that we dedicate this bulletin to Ken Roberts. There is a glowing tribute to Ken further down the bulletin but needless to say it was his generosity and kindness that has meant Lawrence’s former home of Breach House has remained an open and accessible piece of literary heritage, rather than being converted into a Tesco Express or cut up and converted into flats.

There will be no bulletin in August as your editor plans to spend a couple of internet-free weeks camping in the Outer Hebrides, having a right proper moan about the weather.

If you want anything included in the bulletin, lob it over to me ( or Brenda (      .  

All times BST (UK) – please adjust to your local time zone. Hosted on Zoom (links will be sent by email), all sessions open to non-speakers.

PLEASE NOTE: Check times and dates on website in case of last minute changes...
Saturday, 10 July
Welcome and Roundtable 1: ‘Lawrence in the 1920s / Lawrence in the 2020s: crisis and “after”’

Sunday, 11 July
Workshop 1: ‘Universal Lawrence: a creative non-fiction workshop’

Working session: ‘Writing a personal essay about Lawrence’

Workshop 2: ‘Lawrence and the problem of demos’

Workshop 3: ‘Lawrence and gender roles’

Workshop 4: ‘Distance from or proximity to nature’

Monday, 12 July
Workshop 5: ‘New work in Lawrence studies’

Workshop 6: ‘Modernity as attraction and repulsion for Lawrence’

Creative session: ‘Picture postcards: a colour and collage workshop’

Workshop 7: ‘Lawrence and the dis-ease of disabilities’

Tuesday, 13 July
Workshop 8: ‘Lawrence’s art of fiction and its proximity to fact’

Author readings: ‘Lawrence in biofiction’

Workshop 9: ‘Twenty-first-century approaches’

Workshop 10: ‘Lawrence’s poetry’

Roundtable 2: ‘Getting closer to Lawrence’

Wednesday, 14 July
Workshop 11: ‘Lawrence as a master of the short story’

Closing readings: 'In his own words: distance and proximity in Lawrence’s works’

Home (Eastwood)

Wednesday 14 July (7pm)

Saturday 24 July (2pm)
The Haggs Farm Preservation Society AGM

We are very pleased that after the AGM, the Nottingham University Manuscripts Dept will give an introduction to the Manuscripts and Special Collections, an overview of the Lawrence collections, and show off some of their new acquisitions, which we will be the first to see. It promises to be a very special talk by experts on a wonderful collection. If you haven’t been able to visit – or haven’t been able to visit recently, I’m sure you will find it inspiring. Everyone is welcome. Please email: for the zoom link.


Friday 30 July (6.30pm)
D.H. Lawrence London Group

Glyn Bailey and colleagues Keith Thomas and Stephen Duckham
Learning Lawrence Through the Medium of the Musical – a page-to-stage retrospective from the creative team of Censored: The Scandalous Life of D. H. Lawrence


John William Ware Tyndale's (1811-1897) illustrated three volume memoir and travel book The Island of Sardinia is a July feature on the Bromley House website. It discusses the manners and customs of the Sardinians as well as notes on the antiquities and modern objects of interest in the island. The website says: "Tyndale is styled as ‘barrister-at-law’ in contemporary adverts for the book, and is recorded as a correspondent of Michael Faraday in the 1850s, in his role as secretary for The Electric Power Light and Colour Company of London. Beyond that, he’s something of a mystery." 

Tyndale performed his research via horseback, galloping up and down the island (which was probably quicker than the train Lawrence opted for) and discovered many Christian and pagan traditions, bandits hidden in the mountains, and an island in constant dispute with itself which lived by the mantra ‘sangue chiama sangue’: blood calls for blood. But while the farmers were fighting enclosure and the cutting up of common land, foreign investors were buying up large estates, excited at the prospect of making money out of the proposed arrival of railway routes. It’s good to know that the world hasn’t changed much...

This three volume book provides a rich historical context, particularly in terms of rituals and conflict, which compliments Lawrence’s observations.    

Bromley House website


The AGM is an opportunity for you to discuss all issues relating to the D.H. Lawrence Society and to have a voice. It's followed by a presentation from David Amos on...I think you can guess. Brenda Sumner explains more.

We recently sent out the Agenda for the meeting and the Minutes of last year’s AGM; the Chairman's Report and the Treasurer's Report will be emailed to you later but in time for you to read them in advance of the meeting. Also, in order to maximise the opportunity for communications in advance of the AGM date, please email me any questions you may have about any aspect of the Council’s work and the Society in general. 

As you will know, all officers of the Society, these being the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and five other appointments drawn from the membership, should be elected at the AGM. I can inform you that those members who currently hold these offices are all prepared to continue in their posts as are the two co-opted members to the Council. The Constitution does allow for three co-optees at any time. I would invite any member who has an interest in joining the Council to notify me by 7th July 2021 in order that I can inform all members of any forthcoming election on the evening of 14th July 2021 in accordance with the Constitution.

The AGM will be followed by a short presentation by David Amos, entitled, ‘Mine-Craft the Prequel: The Photographic Story of East Midlands Coal – The Rev FW Cobb collection of photographs around Eastwood c 1907 – 1917’.  The Rev Cobb collection is one of the case studies as part of a ‘Mine-Craft the Prequel’ pilot project at Nottingham Trent University. The project is a joint initiative between Nottingham Trent University (Project Lead), the Coal Authority and the Derbyshire Records Office. Prof. Natalie Braber is Project Leader and David Amos is the Research Associate.  

A main aim of the project is to add information (meta-data) to the East Midlands based photographs of the Coal Authority, of which there are 13,000 in total. In some cases this information will develop into a storyline, depicting aspects of local coal mining folklore and rituals. Finally, it is planned to make the Coal Authority collection of photographs more accessible to the public, both on-line and via various events.
Thank you for your continuing support to the Society. and we hope you will be able to join us for this meeting.   
Best wishes,
Lawrence and Academia 



10‒14 JULY 2021
“What a pity that distance remains distance, so absolutely”
We look forward to welcoming you on Zoom soon. All events are free and open to non-speakers. Please join us for as many as you can.
The same link will operate throughout the symposium:
Join Zoom Meeting:
We open at 1900 on Saturday 10 July with a roundtable discussion of ‘Lawrence in the 1920s / Lawrence in the 2020s: crisis and “after”’, and close with readings from Lawrence by an international cast at 1300 on Wednesday 14 July (all times UK/BST).
Eighty international scholars will discuss their latest research and between academic papers there will be opportunities to join workshops to begin writing your own personal essay (1100 on Sunday 11 July), to collage your own Lawrence postcard (1500 on Monday 12 July) and to listen to readings from recent Lawrence biofiction by John Worthen and Anthony Pacitto (1100 on Tuesday 13 July).
The full programme, with speakers’ abstracts and bios, is available at ‒ final changes and running orders will be posted on the webpage next week.
Please email with any comments or questions.
Susan Reid, on behalf of the symposium committee:
Kate Foster, David Game, Andrew Harrison, Holly Laird, Stefania Michelucci, Nanette Norris, Doo-Sun Ryu, Joseph Shafer.


On the Box

As the pandemic forces us to live our lives online the world shrinks more each day. We may be distant from each other in terms of physical space, but the internet brings us all within close proximity. The internet offers time travel as well. So, let's rewind a couple of years and enjoy this talk from 2018 by our president Dr. Andrew Harrison at the UNM Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico. 
Andrew Harrison talk


There were eight posts this month on Stephen Alexander's Torpedo the Ark that discussed Lawrence's work or referred to him:

1. In Defence of Women in Love and the Teenage Mentality (A Response to Frances Wilson)

The argument is often made that reading Lawrence is a juvenile habit that one learns to grow out of. Stephen Alexander challenges this view and suggests that teenage kicks are hard to beat.

2. Reflections on Frances Wilson's Burning Man (2021)

Stephen Alexander suggests that Wilson is more concerned with tellling tales and passing the word along, rather than making a critically intelligent reading of Lawrence's work.

3. Further Reflections on Frances Wilson's Burning Man (2021)

Stephen Alexander suggests that in failing to understand that literature is more than merely the expression of lived experience,
she fails to really understand the importance of Lawrence's work.

4. Freedom? There Ain't No Fucking Freedom!

D. H. Lawrence knew that after the Great War things would never be the same again. Here it is suggested that after the Covid-19 pandemic and Great Confinement, things will similarly never return to normal and that our freedom has been fatally compromised.

5. On Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (With Reference to the Case of Norman Douglas)

Lawrence had a long and complex (love-hate) relationship with the author and paedophile Norman Douglas. Here, we discuss illicit intergenerational relationships and the interesting phenomenon of CSAAS.

6. On the Art of Character Assassination cum Eternal Salute: Reflections on D. H. Lawrence's Memoir of Maurice Magnus (1924)

Lawrence's Memoir of Maurice Magnus is a queer text on a queer character. Here, Stephen Alexander offers a fairly lengthy and fairly close reading of a work that Lawrence himself regarded as perhaps his best piece of writing as writing.

7. Reflections on the Rokeby Venus

A short study in arses, as Lawrence would say.

8. Soured Through the Ages Like Piss Lemonade: Notes on Punk Is Dead (2017)

And bliss it was in that Summer of Hate to be alive (and to be a young punk was very heaven). But how might we relate the punk revolution to the work of D. H. Lawrence? This post contains one possible link ...

Return to Sea and Sardinia update

The production of the documentary film Return to Sea and Sardinia, which follows in the footsteps of the journey made by D.H. Lawrence in 1921, has almost come to an end and is moving towards the post-production phase. Their last night of filming and recording was on 22 June at the Coro Femminile Orosei at Chiesa San Giacomo and Chiesa Santa Croce.
During the trip they have flicked through a first edition of Sea and Sardinia; met a ‘modern day’ Bert and QB; hopped on the Barbagia Express on their way to Sorgono with Lawrence’s words ringing in their ears ('It was wonderful to be running in the bright morning towards the heart of Sardinia, in the little train that seemed so familiar'); taken the QB’s advice that "I must come and live in Cagliari, to do my shopping here" by visiting the Mercato Civico di San Benedetto and, most importantly of all, had the obligatory espresso in Caffè Roma.  
The completed film will be presented during the international conference to be held in Cagliari in the last weekend of October 2021 in the Motzo classroom of the University of Cagliari and in the Cineteca Sarda headquarters. We very much look forward to it and wish everyone the very best.
D.H. Lawrence Statue Fund

Your editor is not a fan of statues of Lawrence because it seems an oxymoron to render literature’s most notorious fidget arse static given he spent his entire life on the hoof – hence why I created the D.H. Lawrence Memory Theatre. You can read more about these objections on The Axiological Perspective here). However, statues mean a lot to the public and there has been discussions of a statue of Lawrence in Eastwood for many years now. Often this has been by an MP trying to appease the locals after selling off other pieces of heritage, such as Durban House.

The most recent plans for a statue come from Gavin Gillespie who was born and bred in Eastwood. Gavin outlines his motivations on his website: '
At the moment, this is more a collection of ideas than a campaign, to see what the people of Eastwood, and possibly around the World, would like to see if an often called for statue of D.H. Lawrence is to be created, and later erected, in Eastwood. What would be ideal is if a very rich fan of D.H. Lawrence would pay for the statue, but if that is not possible, several less rich people to join together and help us with the funding, the estimated cost being in the region of £40,000. Some suggestions so far have been to have Lawrence sitting by a tree writing notes, or reading a book. Another great suggestion is to have Lawrence sitting on a bench, or perhaps a low wall, reading a book, so visitors can sit beside him, and have their photographs taken with him'.

If you are ‘very rich fan’ or just someone who wants to know more (or get involved), you can contact Gavin by visiting his website or via the email address below.  


Article about the statue fund in the Eastwood Advertiser here

From the JDHLS Archives
Sue Reid

Maurice Magnus (1876 – 1920) Author of Dregs, renamed Memoirs of the Foreign Legion and made famous by Lawrence’s Introduction
Lawrence considered his Introduction to Memoirs of the Foreign Legion by Maurice Magnus 'the best single piece of writing, as writing' that he had ever done. In fact he often did feel that his most recent work was his best, but Lawrence’s most recent biographer Frances Wilson stands by this particular claim and also makes a burning issue of his relationship with Maurice Magnus in her Burning Man: The Ascent of D. H. Lawrence (Bloomsbury, 2021). Wilson’s readers will almost certainly want to read Lawrence’s ‘Introduction’ for themselves, and happily it can be found online, together with an extract from Mark Kinkead-Weekes’s biography D. H. Lawrence: Triumph to Exile 1912-1922, here:
dhl2 (
To my delight, I also rediscovered this article in the JDHLS online archive: ‘Disputed Dregs’ by Louise E. Wright
6-wright.pdf ( Wright meticulously unpicks the twists and turns by which Magnus’s manuscript came to be published, and the disputes about money that he fomented from beyond the grave. But what also emerges from this account is the complexities of Lawrence’s dealings with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic and just how adept he had become in navigating these choppy waters. The correspondence concerns a veritable who’s who of the modernist world of letters: Curtis Brown, Alfred A. Knopf, Robert Mountsier, Grant Richards, Martin Secker and Thomas Seltzer. Whatever his reasons, Lawrence saw his dead friend’s book through to publication and his Introduction ensured its lasting fame. In the fracas, however, Magnus’s memoir was no longer his own and Lawrence had burned his relationship with his former mentor and friend, Magnus’s executor, Norman Douglas.
Articles dating back to 1988-89 are freely available in the archives of JDHLS online, so please do mine for Lawrentian ‘crypto’ yourselves!
JDHLS Archive – Journal of D.H.Lawrence Studies (
Susan Reid ( 

D.H. Lawrence Dialect Alphabet

If the gaffer sees you galivanting with a gammy leg after a guttle in the pub, he’s likely to ave a grizzle and send you stret back down gin-pit.

D.H. Lawrence Memory Theatre


Tainted Love

BBC Radio 4 began their four-part series D.H. Lawrence: Tainted Love on 20 June. The blurb reads: ‘Sexual awakenings, transgressive same-sex love and internalised repression are explored as Lawrence's characters try to find happiness and fulfilment in uncertain times’

Each episode is roughly one hour long. The first two episodes saw The Rainbow dramatized by Linda Marshall Griffiths and can be
listened to again here

Episodes three and four turn their attention to Women in Love and are dramatized by Ian Kershaw.
  • Episode 3 is broadcast on Sunday 4 July at 3pm
  • Episode 4 is broadcast on Sunday 11 July at 3pm  
It will be interesting to see how they condense the novels – or select extracts from them – into two one hour episodes. If you would like to review these for the bulletin, please contact me.

Helen Dunmore Zennor in Darkness

Helen Dunmore's 1993 prize-winning debut novel reimagines the plight of Lawrence and his German wife hiding out in Cornwall during the First World War. Read by Louise Breasley, it was broadcast over eight episodes last month on Radio 4.

You can
listen to it here  

Burning Man reviews

Francis Wade in The Guardian: "Wilson’s narrative lays bare the fascinating struggle between Lawrence’s two selves: one peaceful and spiritual, another which fantasises about shooting everyone he sees “with invisible arrows of death”. Lawrence, Wilson writes, is a figure “composed of mysteries rather than certainties”: in this astonishing tale, rife with jealousy, messianism and blood, she meets Lawrence on his own terms, offering readers a mythology of his deeply wild and complex spirit."

Read it here

Mia Levitin in The Irish Times writes: "Burning Man ends on an arresting image: among multiple mythologies of the fate of Lawrence’s ashes, one version has them consumed by Frieda, Mabel and the painter Dorothy Brett, another member of the Taos menage. Accompanied by a photo of the trio grinning, Wilson likens them to the “three blessed women” invoked by Virgil – Beatrice, the Virgin Mary and Saint Lucia: guardian angels who eased Dante’s passage in the afterlife".

Read it here

Rachel Cooke in The Observer writes: “I cannot recall when last I felt so uncertain of a book’s essential merit, so confused by its intensity, its digressions, the way it disappears down wormholes,”

Read it here

Philip Hensher in The Spectator: "His story goes on being an interesting one, but I naggingly felt, reading Wilson’s book, that what it needs is a biographer prepared to plunge into the blind chaos of unknown motivations and meaningless actions. This is not a life on which to impose an orderly structure — taken from, of all things, the sequential progressions of classic literature.".

Read it here

Ken Roberts (3 March 1926 - 28 May 2021)

Ruth Hall pays tribute to Ken Roberts, the man who made Breach House accessible for all.
Ken Roberts… was larger than life, and if I had to liken him to a flower (which I am wont to do with people sometimes) he would surely, in his flowering, be a sunflower – tall, leggy, long-lived, a symbol of both loyalty and hospitality, and er, sunny! Having only known him during the last era of his long life (and only twice in person) in connection with The Breach House, (which he has owned since 1969) I only feel qualified to speak about his quite considerable contribution to this most important Eastwood landmark. Because of his unfailing generosity Ken made sure the house was open to the public as well as allowing a continuity of access to both the Haggs Farm Preservation Society and the D H Lawrence Society for their various activities, the importance of which cannot be underestimated, and which continues to this day. But I will let him speak for himself. Here are a very few excerpts from a detailed document he produced quite recently, summing up the origins of his tenure there, some past achievements, and a re-iteration of his personal vision, which members might not have known about and which deserve mentioning:
   ‘…the aim of the Association at that time was to encourage creative writing….[and] a decision followed to acquire a former home of the First World War poet, Wilfred Owen….However, none of the three Owen family houses proved suitable…Then came news that the home of the ‘Morels’, so vividly described in ‘Sons and Lovers’, was on the market. The house in Garden Road, formerly No 57 The Breach, Eastwood…looked a daunting prospect. It was derelict, slightly fire-damaged and the long garden a wilderness….Happily, house and garden [despite this neglect] were virtually unchanged from Victorian days. Within a year though [largely through the combined efforts and enthusiasm of local people giving their time free]  ‘Sons and Lovers’ cottage was registered as a World Meeting Place for the Arts, Industry and Education. It has been open from that day till this and students and young writers from all over the world have resided, studied or worked there free of charge….
…Thirty years ago, Lawrence’s books figured on most literature syllabuses and students visited the house, often accompanied by teachers or professors. Arts and writers’ groups met in Lydia Lawrence’s kitchen in the evenings. Actors from Nottingham Playhouse (under the then-direction of Richard Eyre) stayed free in the top-floor residence, in return for which they painted, wallpapered, scrubbed and gardened. Less helpfully, they painted the upstairs window ledges in psychedelic colours…
…The house also featured in more formal activities..and became a backdrop for a major film and several television dramas and documentaries….Radio 4 and the BBC World Service broadcast from it…The President of the French Second Chamber [on a visit] was so taken by what he saw that he turned up a day late at Chequers for a conference with a [female!] Prime Minister who was a stickler for punctuality…’
I hope the above gives a flavour of Ken’s big personality, and the hope is that the house will continue to be open to all, as he would wish. We await any future developments with interest, and meanwhile a memorial sunflower patch, without borders, should definitely be considered! Thank you again, Ken.


Lawrence and Me: Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher is the President and greeter of the English Library in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. In 2019 a chance meeting with Ruth Hall led to plans to have Lawrence’s commemorated on a stamp. Here he explains more…
I was born in Derby and raised in Long Eaton and remember the Lady Chatterley Trial as though it was yesterday. I run a history group at the library, which is mainly a study group of the Anglo/Canarian connection from the 16th century to date.
After meeting Ruth Hall, I thought that we could have some fun with the life and times of Lawrence, and so I began preparing some notes of introduction to my group. But then Covid came along, and plans were put on hold. During the isolation Lawrence became an obsession. I think I've read almost every article about him on the web, especially JStor, and I certainly enjoyed the Digital Pilgrimage. To cut a long story short, I devised a daily task for myself, whereby I selected a postage stamp from a different country, printed the stamp at the top of an A4 and described for my classes the history behind the stamp. I now have a collection of 130 sheets.   
With my new obsession for Lawrence, I found that he figured nowhere in the philatelic world which I think is a shame. I have searched the countries that he visited and found that Italy would probably be interested as he was full of praise when he left for the first time a hundred years ago. On top of this he had translated two books by Giovanni Vega, the Sicilian author, into the English language and written the foreword to a translation of a book into English by the Nobel Prizewinner for Literature, Grazia Deledda, the Sardinian 1926 Nobel Prize winner. Both these Italian writers had postage stamps issued in their honour in Italy.
I have now become a member of the D.H.L Society with the hope of pushing for a stamp of Lawrence to be printed in Italy or in America to mark the centenary of his death in 2030.


From the Archives

The Lawrence London Group, convened by Catherine Brown, is now a well-established off-shoot of the DHL Society. But it is often forgotten (or simply not known) that there was a previous London Group, which met between 1988 and 1992 at private addresses in Bloomsbury and Victoria. 

This original group - organised by Rosalind Bowler and Jeff Meddle - had its own magazine and operated independently of the main DHL Society. Members included William Mealings, Bob Forster, Jane Nichols, Roy Spencer, and Stephen Alexander (the latter of whom - then a Press Officer for the Green Party - presented a paper on Lawrence and Ecofascism to the group in 1991).

Several surviving members now participate in the new London Group, including Stephen Alexander who has sent this flyer advertising a meeting of the original LLG in April 1990. Stephen will provide more details of this group in a future bulletin.
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