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Welcome to the August bulletin. We're a bit later than usual because the weather has been so unremittingly miserable, we couldn't muster the energy to do anything other than sit inside feeling sorry for ourselves. As there's been more storm than sun, let's kick the glumness into touch with a poem. 

Storm in the Black Forest

Now it is almost night, from the bronzy soft sky
jugfull after jugfull of pure white liquid fire, bright white
tipples over and spills down,
and is gone
and gold-bronze flutters beat through the thick upper air.

And as electric liquid pours out, sometimes
a still brighter white snake wriggles among it, spilled
and tumbling wriggling down the sky:
and then the heavens cackle with uncouth sounds.

And the rain won’t come, the rain refuses to come!

This is the electricity that man is supposed to have mastered
chained, subjugated to his own use!
supposed to!

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Lawrence Eastwood Group

We're pleased to share the schedule of meetings for 2020/21. For now it looks like they'll be online in some form or other (details will be emailed out closer to the time) but when it is safe to do so we will meet in the lounge at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3BS at 7.15pm. 

Saturday 12th September

A day of contrasting Lawrentian podcasts and Zoom events. It will include the first performance of a new music cantata based on Lawrence’s The White Peacock by Alan Wilson and will end at 7pm with The D. H. Lawrence Birthday Lecture delivered by Dr. Judith Ruderman on Zoom, followed by discussion and chat. The lecture is entitled: “A Life of Illness and Resilience: Reflections on Lawrence’s Letters in a Time of Pandemic”

Wednesday 14th October 2020

 Dr. Catherine Brown

 “D. H. Lawrence and the sense of scale”

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Postoned AGM with readings and discussion.

Saturday 12th December

Christmas Concert podcast and late afternoon virtual Christmas party on Zoom. Time to be confirmed.



Wednesday 13th January 2021

 Dr.Fiona Fleming

"D. H. Lawrence and Hardy"

Wednesday 10th February 2021

Alan Wilson

“Linwood and Newton - two unsung local musical heroes”


Wednesday 10th March 2021

Carolyn Melbourne - Museum and Collections Officer  

“The Magic of Objects; behind the scenes of the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum”


Wednesday 14th April 2021

Malcolm Gray

“Education, Education, Education:  Lawrence and how we learn”  


Wednesday 12th May 2021

Dudley Nichols

“The Burrows Family”


Wednesday 9th June 2021

 Professor Keith Alldritt FRSL

“Lawrence in Mecklenburgh Square”


Wednesday 14th July

AGM with readings and discussion


Lawrence London Group
You can read a report of the ninth London meting (held on the 25 June) here  which looked at four short stories and television adaptations. Catherine Brown said: "It should be noted that the four stories discussed were chosen largely at random, based on the availability of their film adaptations on YouTube. That being the case, the similarities between the first three stories were striking – as was the relative translatability of all four in time and/or space." 

As ever, any Society member who would like to join the mailing list of the Lawrence London Group - and we are now having many of our meetings online, so geographical distance should not be an object (re time zones, we hold our meetings at 18.30 BST) - should write to 
There are no meetings scheduled for August.
Lawrence and Academia 

Ursula Brangwen and the Quest for Self-fulfilment: D. H. Lawrence's Archetypal Hero
Linda K. Kadota

D. H. Lawrence’s tale of Ursula Brangwen, begun in The Rainbow and completed in Women in Love, follows the natural romantic mode of literature. This paper first defines the archetypal hero then explains the traditional romantic quest. Lawrence inverts this tradition by allowing one of his female characters to undertake the hero’s spiritual odyssey. By looking at narrative and thematic features in these two books, this paper illustrates how Lawrence’s concept of the “love ethic” is central, rather than secondary to the plot. Beginning in The Rainbow, Ursula goes through transitions that encompass the processes of initiation, rites of passage, death and rebirth, with her final consummation being achieved in Women in Love. A typical romantic quest was anathema to Lawrence, who imagined a delicate equilibrium in which the selfhood and power of both the man and the woman were undiminished. However, despite Lawrence’s progressive thinking for his time, he failed to imagine that this equilibrium was completely attainable.
Read the 24 page article here

​In celebration of Nottingham’s literary heritage, graphic design students at Nottingham Trent University have collaborated with six local poets to create experimental interpretations of their work for a project called 'Poetry of Publishing'. One featured poem by Greg Woods imagines standing next to D.H.Lawrence in a neo-gothic urinal now removed. The artist is Emy Dyer. It got me thinking of Mellors' earthy advice in Lady C, "I don't want a woman as couldna shit nor piss". You can view the poem at Source: DHLawrenceDigitalPilgrimage

In July, there were half-a-dozen more posts by Stephen Alexander playfully deconstructing (and reconfiguring) the work of D. H. Lawrence:
1.     Carbon Footprints and Diamond Geezers: On the Allotropic Love Affair Between Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich [click here]
2.     All Aboard! On D. H. Lawrence and Trains [click here]
3.     Like a Face Drawn in Sand: Anti-Humanism in D. H. Lawrence and Michel Foucault [click here]  
4.     On the Intelligence of Fish [click here]
5.     On the Intelligence of Reptiles [click here]
6.     Reflections on the Extinct British Wolf and the Triumph of the Sheep [click here]
7. The Goddess, the Whore, and the Policewoman (Notes on D. H. Lawrence's Apocalypse) (click here)
The first three of these posts are revised extracts from a much longer review of D. H. Lawrence, Technology, and Modernity, ed. Indrek Männiste, (Bloomsbury, 2019), that will appear in the forthcoming autumn edition of The Lawrentian, ed. David Brock (for details of this please email to posts four and five were inspired by Lawrence’s poetry (and a bottle of wine); whilst the sixth post is informed by a reading of Lawrence’s essay ‘The Reality of Peace’ (1917).

The following message was sent in from author Hilary Hillier regarding the July meeting.

"I recently caught up with the recording of the July ‘meeting’ of the Society, having been alerted by Malcolm. My name had come up in the context of Lawrence’s use of the dialect in his work, and I’d now like to confirm and/or correct some of the statements made that evening.

The title of my ‘dialect book’ is Talking Lawrence: Patterns of Eastwood Dialect in the Work of D. H. Lawrence. It was published in 2008 and it certainly is still available. Just Google ‘Talking Lawrence Hillier’.

I am still living in the Nottingham area – in Chilwell, near Beeston, as John confirmed. In fact I gave a talk, plus readings, to the Society in March, and a recording of this is, for the time being, available on the website. It is now (thanks to Kate) supported by detailed references for and about the readings I chose.

It was suggested during the discussion that the dialect had more or less died out. This may be so, at least to some extent, so far as vocabulary is concerned – especially for mining-related words. But the nuts and bolts of the Erewash Valley dialect (its grammar and its accent) are still very much alive and well in the Eastwood area. Chapter 4 of Talking Lawrence is in fact devoted to ‘real’ and relatively recent examples of uses of particular grammatical features, with a discussion of their corresponding pronunciation.

Finally, my 1990 PhD did not deal with dialect, or indeed Lawrence, at all. It was a linguistic analysis of natural conversation between three children (two of them being my own sons). My move towards Eastwood dialect and the Lawrence element came later, a natural progression outlined in Chapter 1 of Talking Lawrence which, coincidentally, also references the published version of my thesis!"


You can buy Hilary's book here
From the Archive...

In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Conservative leader, the average price of a house was £11,787, and a film called Jaws was released which made everyone too scared to go for a swim in Skeggy.. Oh yeah, and a certain newsletter was published for the first time. Back in the Seventies, multimedia meant feeding yellow paper into your typewriter and not having to worry about font size or style. Fast forward 45 years and flickering pixels and fibre optic cables are the medium, but the message remains the same: Lawrence is a writer who demands our attention.  

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say online...

Please join Valerie Stivers and Hank Zona on Friday, August 28, at 6 P.M. for a virtual literary wine tasting on The Paris Review’s Instagram account. Bring a bottle of wine to discuss Lady Chatterleys Lover. No drinking experience or affection for D. H. Lawrence required. See the Paris Review for more information and details of Lawrence's writing and eating habits here

Brain Pickings website turns to literature and our relationship with trees and solitude to consider that: "A supreme challenge of human life is reconciling the longing to fulfill ourselves in union, in partnership, in love, with the urgency of fulfilling ourselves according to our own solitary and sovereign laws". Aaron's Rod may provide the answer. Read here  
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