What We Do

The DH Lawrence Society is based in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, the place where Lawrence was born in 1885.

We aim to promote knowledge and understanding of the life and work of DH Lawrence, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

We welcome members from around the world. Members receive regular newsletters and our annual journal, as well as invitations to our monthly meetings and lectures in Eastwood.

The Lawrence London Group, convened by Catherine Brown, vice-president of the DH Lawrence Society, meets monthly in central London in order to discuss Lawrence’s works, in particular in their application to the present.


Background

The DH Lawrence Society was formed in 1974. Our general purpose is to promote knowledge and understanding of the life and work of a man who was unarguably one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Each year we hold monthly meetings, a poetry day and the DH Lawrence Festival which takes place around Lawrence's birthday on the 11th September.

Lawrence is perhaps best known today as a novelist and the author of “Sons and Lovers”, “The Rainbow”, “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. However, many are also aware of Lawrence’s extraordinary achievements in other artistic forms, such as poetry, the short story, drama, travel writing, philosophy, journalism, painting, literary criticism and letter writing. His international reputation has been recognised and enhanced by the monumental Cambridge University Press edition of his works and letters. The three-volume Cambridge biography is a testament to how much he achieved in his short life of forty four years; it tells the fascinating story of the development of his work, his extensive travels, and his struggle with the Establishment and the censors.

Now is the time to reappraise Lawrence’s significance as a pioneer in describing relationships between the sexes, his unsurpassed descriptions of nature, and his importance as a communicator on environmental issues; he was ahead of his time in so many ways.


THE DH LAWRENCE SOCIETY OFFICERS 2019-2020

PRESIDENT

  • Dr. Andrew Harrison

VICE-PRESIDENTS

  • Dr. Catherine Brown
  • Professor Nick Ceramella - Autobiography
  • Professor Christopher Miles
  • Mrs Joan McCluskey
  • Dr. Christopher Pollnitz
  • Dr. Ken Roberts

CHAIR

SECRETARY

  • Brenda Sumner

TREASURER AND MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

  • Sheila Bamford

COUNCIL MEMBERS

  • Bob Hayward
  • Malcolm Matthews
  • Rosemary Wheeldon


CO-OPTED MEMBERS

  • James Walker
  • Kate Foster

Contact

Brenda Sumner (Secretary)

Tel. 01530 270367

brenda.sumner@gmail.com

Alan Wilson (Chair)

Email:

alan_j.wilson@btinternet.com

Sheila Bamford (Treasurer)

Tel. 01773 436776

john.bamford46@gmail.com

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