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Welcome to the July 2022 bulletin.

 

This month you have a conference in Taos to look forward to, creative writing workshops inspired by Lawrence's writing, a new performance of the play Husbands and Sons, a couple of AGMs to voice your opinions, and a visit to The Cerne courtesy of our London group. Not bad, eh? 

100 years ago, Lawrence was in Australia trying to finish off the final two chapters of Kangaroo so that he could embark on the next stage of his global adventure. However, he was absolutely skint. On 17 July he writes to Robert Mountsier and reminds him twice in one paragraph that ‘I am now expecting your cable with the money’ as he is only able to get the Tahiti ‘if your cable money arrives’. Like a naughty boy who keeps blowing his pocket money, he vows that when they arrive in America ‘we will really sit still and spend nothing.’

 

In the same letter, he enquires about a railroad strike in America which would last until 14 September and predicts ‘you will have bad Labour troubles in the next few years, amounting almost to revolution’. Seems not much has changed in 100 years given the train strikes here in the UK... 

 

The painting at the top of the bulletin is 'Flaming Kangaroo' by Garry Shead from 1992 and one of a series of wonderful paintings capturing Lawrence's brief stay down under. If you would like to comment on these paintings or any other aspect of Lawrence's life, please do get in contact.

james.walker@ntu.ac.uk or brenda.sumner@gmail.com 

 

 



HOME 

 

2 July 10am-12pm (16+)
D. H. Lawrence creative writing workshops
Wollaton Library
Book tickets here
 
13 July (7pm)
D.H. Lawrence Society AGM 
 
16 July 10am-12pm (11 – 16 year olds)
D. H. Lawrence creative writing workshops
Wollaton Library
Book tickets here
 
16 July (2pm)
Haggs Preservation Society AGM
St. Mary’s Church, Greasley
More info further down the bulletin

 


Away

 

2 July (all day)
Visit to The Cerne
D.H. Lawrence London Society (bookings are now full up)
 
 
4 - 9 July (7.30pm)
Husbands and Sons
The Platform Theatre, 1 Handyside Street, London, N1C 4AA
Contact: csmticketing@arts.ac.uk
Book here
 
5 July (9.30pm BST)
D.H. Lawrence Happy Hour series
David Game
See poster further down the bulletin
 

July 18 - 23 (various times)
15th International D. H. Lawrence Conference 
Taos, NM,

See website for more information here

 

 

 

   


Katharine Susannah Prichard/ nee Throssell (1883 –1969) was a founding member of the Communist Party of Australia and a key figure in Australian literary history although Lawrence was not aware of the three novels she’d had published when they corresponded on 3 July. He apologised for this and then shared his feelings on Australia: ‘I feel I slither on the edge of a gulf, reaching to grasp its atmosphere and spirit. It eludes me, and always would.’

Therefore, this is our opportunity to right this wrong by reading her first novel, The Pioneers (1915), which won the Hodder & Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize for Australasia and is now part of the canon of Australian literature.

It’s a 19th-century family saga following the lives, loves and losses of one pioneering family and two escaped convicts as they take possession of some land in Victoria, Australia. In the forward to the 1963 edition, Pritchard writes: “Notes for The Pioneers were made in 1903 when I was twenty and living in South Gippsland. But it was not until 1913, in London, that I was able to take six months off earning my living as a journalist to write the story. It grew from the yarns and gossip I heard at Port Albert, Yarram, Taraville, and my wanderings in the lovely ranges beyond them. The Wirree river referred to may be recognised as the Tara, which was an escape route for convicts from Van Dieman’s Land [Tasmania] in the early days.”


 

JDHLS Online


 

Hi, my name is Buxi Duan; I’m writing to introduce myself as the new JDHLS online editor and to announce the latest addition to JDHLS online, which is available here: JDHLS Volume 5, Number 3 (2020) – Journal of D.H.Lawrence Studies (journalofdhlawrencestudies.com)  
 
I’m a third-year English Literature PhD student at the University of Birmingham and my research focus is on Lawrence’s works published in newspapers and magazines. Prior to this, I did my masters at the University of Nottingham.
 
My interest in Lawrence began in high school when I was really into reading literature as a pastime. One day after lunch, I wandered through the library and came across a selected collection of Lawrence’s works, translated by a Chinese scholar (unfortunately my vocabulary then wasn’t enough for me to read Lawrence in English😆). I took it from the shelf and started reading: there were excerpts from Sons and Lovers and Women in Love but what really impressed me was an essay, ‘Nottinghamshire and the Mining Countryside’. My hometown in north China was also abundant in natural resources, especially coal. So you can probably imagine the surprise of a fourteen-year-old who found that there was a Midlands town so similar to his own city. And reading Lawrence might be the reason that I gradually developed my interest in local history – I’m totally fascinated by old maps and pictures as you will see from my website!

mappingdhlawrence.org/  
 
Let’s turn now to a very special issue of JDHLS that focuses on the third volume of The Poems, published by CUP in 2018 as the culmination of the most complete scholarly edition of Lawrence’s works and letters so far, compiled by a group of dedicated scholars after half a century’s hard work. JDHLS 2020 is a timely re-examination of his poetic persona which illuminates future directions for Lawrence studies. In her essay-length introduction, the guest editor, Holly A. Laird, lists the myths about Lawrence’s poetry and explains the necessity of a thorough reassessment with the help of this Cambridge edition; in Part II she curates a collection of short readings of Lawrence’s poems by an international cast of scholars. The articles in Part I include John Worthen’s overview of how The Poems volumes, and with them, the Cambridge Edition came to fruition, while Christopher Pollnitz, Lee M. Jenkins and Susan Reid each present a period of Lawrence’s career as a poet – do check them out if you’re interested in Lawrence’s Croydon years, his wartime poetry and/or his elephant poems from 1915-29. And, if you’re simply wondering about how and why to use this ‘scholarly edition’, I’d recommend Paul Eggert’s illuminating essay.
 
The electronic copy of this number has now been uploaded to JDHLS’s website and can be accessed through
this link. I really hope that you will enjoy this special issue and everything else this website offers. I’d like to use this opportunity to show my appreciation to Joe, who set out this beautiful format for me to follow (👏).
 
If you have any questions/suggestions regarding the website (such as accessibility, design, and function), please do drop me a message at
buxi.duan@gmail.com. Always happy to listen to your ideas!
 

 

Lawrence and Academia 

In July, some of us will be traipsing off to Skeggy for a break (your editor) and others will be off to Taos for a certain conference. Various papers will explore the theme below which was published on the conference website:

"Lorenzo and Frieda arrived in New Mexico in mid-September of 1922, with Dorothy Brett, at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Sterne (who would marry Tony Luhan in 1923, becoming Mabel Dodge Luhan) and stayed for about two years. The Ranch property where they lived from 1924 was given to them by Mabel and was the only property they ever owned during their marriage. Most of St. Mawr was written there, and The Plumed Serpent was begun. Frieda died in New Mexico in 1956 and is buried on the ranch. New Mexico, then, is a magical place in the journey of Lawrence and Frieda, where he wrote some of his most powerful work and where both of them felt a sense of belonging. Lawrence was prolific in the last decade of his life and arguably his talents were at their zenith. This conference encourages papers on all aspects of Lawrence’s life and work, but especially studies pertaining to his last decade and to his imaginative engagement with North America.

 

The 15th International D.H. Lawrence conference—while open to all considerations of Lawrence’s work and life--is especially interested in proposals reassessing Lawrence’s work 100 years earlier, in the 1920’s; in exploring Lawrence’s engagement with Mexico, New Mexico, North America, and ideas of democracy and “the open road”; in studying the immeasurable influence Lawrence’s criticism had on the study of American literature as late as the 1950’s and 60’s; in examining interconnectivity between artists—dance, ritual, music, visual arts as well as writing—and aspects of modernism across the arts; as well as interdisciplinary studies that deepen our sense of Lawrence’s engagement with Native peoples and cultures."


 

The conference website recommends the following books to be read while in New Mexico (or lazing on the beach in Skeg wishing you were in New Mexico).

Lois P. Rudnick’s Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture. 

Mabel Dodge Luhan Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality 

D.H. Lawrence Mornings in Mexico

 

Conference website link here

On the Box


Get in the mood for the 15th International D.H. Lawrence Conference in Taos by watching 2.5 hours of this Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company Symposium: American Moderns and the West. This is a recording from June, 2016 at the Taos Community Auditorium and features Lois Rudnick, MaLin Wilson-Powell, Wanda Corn, Carmella Padilla, and Bill Anthes. The conference was held in conjunction with the Harwood with the Harwood Museum of Art's major exhibition.

 

You can watch it here.


 

Your editor, in addition to moaning about the weather and getting frustrated with technology, has been grafting away at his digital lathe to produce the Locating Lawrence series on YouTube. These are a series of videos that track Lawrence, one hundred years ago, via his letters. They come out monthly and you can expect them for the next eight years – whether you want them or not – and will finish with Lawrence’s death in 1930. 

 

Your editor chose to start them in 1922 because this is seen as the birth of modernism, largely marked by that massive book by Joyce that many people start and very few finish. What with creating these videos, editing the bulletin, keeping down two jobs, and managing various freelance projects, your editor believes he finally has enough excuses to get out of doing the washing up. He just hasn’t informed his better half yet…

July 1922 finds Lawrence in Australia. He's worried about money and a few chapters away from completing Kangaroo which he's convinced ‘even the Ulysseans will spit at.'

You can watch it here: 
https://youtu.be/MtEpmyVy2Ts  

Following up on its two previous happy hours, the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America will host the third event in this bi-monthly series on Tuesday 5th July.  Dr. David Game, a researcher at the Australian National University and author of D.H. Lawrence's Australia: Anxiety at the Edge of Empire (2015), will lead a discussion of Lawrence's long story St. Mawr.   Coming after a well-attended discussion in early May of Frances Wilson's Burning Man, we expect that this new session will prove equally stimulating.  Please note the later kick-off time of 9:30 pm UK time (4:30 pm in the Eastern US; 6:30 am in southern Australia).  Zoom details will be circulated by email on the DHLSNA listserv.  Please join us if you can.  Meanwhile we are eagerly awaiting the international Lawrence conference, to be held in Taos, New Mexico on 18th-23rd July.

 

Adam Parks

 

Here are the TTA posts from June 2022

 

1. Anti-Human Reflections on the Red-Billed Leiothrix 

https://torpedotheark.blogspot.com/2022/06/anti-human-reflections-on-red-billed.html 

I agree with Birkin, there's no thought more beautiful or cleaner than a world empty of people and full of birdsong. 
 

2. On the Necessity of Killing Carpet Moths 

https://torpedotheark.blogspot.com/2022/06/on-necessity-of-killing-carpet-moths.html 

Just as you must learn to shoot porcupines, so must you learn to spray carpet moths. 

 

3. Summer Solstice With D. H. Lawrence (1910 - 1928) 

https://torpedotheark.blogspot.com/2022/06/summer-solstice-with-d-h-lawrence-1910.html 

Lawrence liked to think about human life in relation to the wheeling of the year, so it seems fitting that we might examine what he was up to and what he had to say on the summer solstice as he experienced it during his (relatively short) lifetime ... 

 

4. At the Well with Martin Heidegger, D. H. Lawrence and Onyofi the Chimp 
http://torpedotheark.blogspot.com/2022/06/at-well-with-martin-heidegger-d-h.html?m=1 
Both Heidegger and Lawrence subscribe to the mystery of the sacred water well - but so it seems do Ugandan rainforest chimpanzees  



 

The Archives and Records Association Awards 2022



 

Voting closes on 8 July  

 

This is your chance to celebrate the work of archivists, conservators and records managers across the UK and Ireland across four categories:  

  • Distinguished Service Award (DSA)  

  • Record Keeper of the Year  

  • Record Keeping Service of the Year  

  • New Professional of the Year Award. 

The University of Nottingham, Manuscripts & Special Collections, has been nominated. You can read the various reasons here one of which was for ‘Unlocking the DH Lawrence Collection: cataloguing and digitisation for research and display’, a 2-year project funded by the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund (the first time this grant stream has been opened beyond museums) 

 

You can vote using the link below. 

https://www.archives.org.uk/ara-awards 

“Libraries are working in partnership with Museums to bring two D. H. Lawrence Creative Writing Workshops to Wollaton Library. In celebration of the acquisition of the last known portrait of D. H. Lawrence, (now available to view at Newstead Abbey) these creative writing workshops, one aimed at 16+ and adults, and one aimed at 11-16 year olds, will explore the work of the famous Nottinghamshire writer. 

 

Drawing inspiration from Lawrence’s fascinating and varied written portraits of the area he called ‘the country of my heart,’ and of the people who lived here, participants will be encouraged to write about their own places and people. 

 

The workshops will be run by Karen Buckley who has years of experience of running workshops.  She has a PhD in Creative Writing and was Chief Examiner for the Creative Writing A Level.  She is also a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher.” 

 

Info taken from https://www.nottinghamcitylibraries.co.uk/lawrence/  

Haggs Farm AGM 

 

Kate Foster provides a wonderful bribe to get you to the AGM in the form of coffee, cake and a walk... 

 

The Haggs Farm Preservation Society AGM is on Saturday 16th July at St Mary’s Church, Greasley. If you would like to go for a short guided walk in the local area before the AGM, meet at the church at 12 noon. The AGM will be at 2pm followed by informal readings in honour of our late president, Clive Leivers.  

  

Afterwards we would like to invite attendees to the newly opened Greasley Castle Farm tearoom (right next door to the church) for coffee and cake on us. We very much hope you will join us to commemorate Clive’s legacy.

Email: Kate.polka@yahoo.com to let us know.  

D.H. Lawrence Dialect Alphabet


We're not entirely sure that this constitutes dialect, so if you can find a better example, please let us know. But for now, may you flutter around a much happier candle than Frieda's. 

Source: D.H. Lawrence Memory Theatre



Christopher Pollnitz has been in contact to say he printed out a copy of the May bulletin - which featured his article about Lawrence’s arrival in Australia - to show to Beverley MacKay, Denis and Laura Forrester's granddaughter as Beverley and her husband Neil do not have an Internet connection. 

 

Christopher’s article included images from the Lawrence--Forrester photobank at the Newcastle City Library. You can access it using the link below, but you will need to use the search bar to source the pictures. They are categorised as 'D. H. Lawrence and Denis Forrester: Photographs and Postcards'.     

https://newcastle-collections.ncc.nsw.gov.au/library  

   

We were informed that a recent edition of The Footage Detectives on Talking Pictures TV (Talking Pictures TV - An Archive Film & TV Channel) included ‘a short film on the Birthplace of DH Lawrence’. No other details were provided in the listings but Talking Pictures have a catchup service (TPTV Encore | Talking Pictures TV) if you want to track it down. 


Follow in the Footsteps of Lawrence via D.H. Lawrence Society of Australia. They have uploaded various articles from Rananim, such as this one from June 1994, Vol 2, No 2. Read the article here.


The Museum of Croydon has uploaded details of Lawrence's life and work in Croyden which includes pictures of some interesting archive material. You can read about it here. 

 

How D.H. Lawrence uncovered an Australian conspiracy in The AFR. You can read this here.

Lawrence and Me: Ravi Nambiar

Ravi shares his 'humble' contribution towards celebrating Lawrence's legacy.


D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers was a novel I loved when I was a student, and, later on, I was fortunate to get a chance to teach this as a teacher. Then, when I was working on Lawrence Durrell's novels as a research student, I found DHL was Durrell's mentor and he claimed that he created his character, Constance (The Avignon Quintet), as an extension of Lawrence's Connie. So, I had to go back to DHL and study Lady Chatterley's Lover very deeply for writing my PhD thesis. I devoted one chapter in my book, The Indian Metaphysics in Lawrence Durrell's Novels, for comparing Durrell with DH, is as the two great novelists dealing with love and sex in their novels. I also presented two papers at DHL conferences in Nottingham and London. I love to continue to be a member of DHL society, as I am able to learn more about the author from other members, though I have not been able to contribute much. But, I am proud that I could conduct a small conference in Kerala with DHL as the theme in which the main guest was Keith Cushman, my intimate friend since then. I remain happy with my humble contribution to the author by translating his The Man Who Died into my native language, Malayalam, which was published by DC Books.

From the Archives

There are two reasons for sharing this extract from 'Lawrence Country News. No.15' edited by Peter Preston. First, we can see that the University of Nottingham Manuscripts Department are hard at it in 1979, producing a 127 page catalogue - please do vote for them in the ARA awards mentioned earlier in the bulletin. Second, it features a review of Rosemary Howard's talk about Australia, after her recent trip. This is of course where Lawrence would have been now, 100 years ago.


   


 

 

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