Please scroll down for recordings of talks from last year's programme and this year's festival. You can find an archive of recordings of our monthly meetings, poetry days and festivals on our Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

The D. H. Lawrence Society Programme 2021 - 2022

Meetings will be held online for the foreseeable future. When we can meet in person, meetings will be held in the lounge at St. Mary’s Church, Church Street, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3BS. Once we are back in Eastwood, we will still use the powers of technology to welcome members who can't attend in person. 

2021 - 2022

Meetings will start in October, following the September festival. Zoom links to our online meetings will be sent out to members. Please email Brenda Sumner for more information.

Wednesday 9th February 2022 7pm 

Sean Matthews

“Contemporary Fiction after Lawrence: Rachel Cusk, Alison MacLeod and the Lawrentian Imperative.” 

Wednesday 9th March 2022 7pm 

Andrew Cooper and Kate Foster

“'It really was a new life began in me there.’ The vital significance of Haggs Farm and Jessie Chambers to DH Lawrence.” 

Wednesday 13th April 2022 7pm 

Sue Reid

“'All that could be desired of a poetess': Lawrence and Rachel Annand Taylor.” 

Wednesday 11th May 2022 7pm 

Jonathan Long

“D. H. Lawrence and the Seltzers” 

Wednesday 8th June 2022 7pm 

Richard Keeble

"'The Extraordinary Power of Imagination': Orwell's Passion for Lawrence” 

13th July 2022 7pm


Previous Meetings 

Recordings can be found on our soundcloud page and our YouTube channel

Wednesday 12th January 2022 7pm 

David Amos

“Coal in the Blood: An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology”. 

Wednesday 8th December 2021 6.30pm

Christmas Celebrations to be held in the lounge at St. Mary's Church, Church Street, Eastwood, NG16 3BS (our usual meeting venue).There will be Christmas themed readings and refreshments during the evening. Please let us know whether you can join us.

Wednesday 10th November 2021 7pm 

Kathleen Vella

"Sardinia and Malta, Suspended out of Time. A Lawrencian Vision"

Sunday 24th October 2021 7pm

DH Lawrence Society and Orwell Society joint event

Brenda Sumner 'DH Lawrence and Censorship'

Richard Lance Keeble 'The Extraordinary Power of Imagination: Orwell's Passion for Lawrence' 

Watch the talks here 

Wednesday 13th October 2021 7pm 

Bob Hayward 

“Original Sin and D. H. Lawrence” 

Saturday September 11 2021 

Leavis - Lawrence Day 10 - 4pm

DH Lawrence Memorial Birthday Lecture 7pm

Visit our sound cloud page to listen to all of the recordings

10 - 12pm Paul Filmer on Lydia Lawrence, Malcolm Gray on Arthur Lawrence

12 - 2pm break for lunch

2 - 4pm Kate Foster on Jessie Chambers, John Worthen on Frieda Lawrence

7pm 'Affirmation and Anxiety in Lady Chatterley's Lover' by Keith Cushman

Wednesday September 8 2021 1 30 pm

DH Lawrence Festival Walk around Lawrence’s beautiful countryside, ending at Greasley Church, where the church will be open for us to visit, followed by a cream tea at the Greasley Church coffee shop.

Meet in the Greasley Church car park at 1.30 p.m. The walk will be approximately three miles and last about one and a half hours. There is plenty of parking in the church lay by. 

Please let Sheila Bamford know if you wish to join us - phone: 01773436776 and whether you require a cream tea priced £7.00.

Saturday 10th - Wednesday 14th July 2021


View the Symposium map created by Buxi Duan

Watch the three minute thesis presentations

Read the abstracts and bios

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

Click here for the list of readings. 

Click here to listen to the readings.

Wednesday 14th July 2021 7pm

AGM 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’

Click here to watch David's talk on our YouTube channel

Wednesday 9th June 2021 7pm

 Professor Keith Alldritt FLSL

‘Lawrence in Mecklenburgh Square’

Wednesday 12th May 2021 7pm

This talk was not recorded 

Dudley Nichols

'The Burrows Family’

Dudley Nichols, a nephew of Louie Burrows, looks at the relationship between Lawrence and her family and his depiction of them in The Rainbow. In preparation for this illustrated talk Dudley has examined some of Louie’s recollections from the period 1905 to 1912 as well as drawing on evidence from Lawrence’s published letters to Louie.

Saturday 8th May 2021

Poetry Day

Visit our Soundcloud page to listen to all of these talks

Malcolm Gray: 'Love and Loss in 'Look! We Have Come Through!''

Isobel Dixon: 'Love and fear in: 'Birds, Beasts and Flowers''

Malcolm Pittock: 'Wild Common, Virgin Youth, Piano'

Bob Hayward: 'Living with his Love of Nature to the end'

Wednesday 14th April 2021 7pm 

Malcolm Gray

‘Education, Education, Education:  Lawrence and how we learn’

Click here to read Malcolm Gray's paper 

Wednesday 10th March 2021 7pm

Carolyn Melbourne- Museum and Collections Officer 

‘The Magic of Objects; behind the scenes of the D.H.Lawrence Birthplace Museum’

Click here to watch Carolyn's talk on our YouTube channel

Wednesday 10th February 2021 7pm

Alan Wilson

‘Linwood and Newton - two unsung local musical heroes’

Click here for the tracklist

Wednesday 13th January 2021 7pm

 Dr Fiona Fleming

‘D. H. Lawrence and Hardy’

Following her introduction last June on the early lives and careers of DH Lawrence and Thomas Hardy, (click here) Fiona Fleming will be talking about how the rural environment they grew up in inspired their stories and moulded their ideas. For those of you wanting to do some prep reading, here are a few suggestions of texts Fiona will be referring to in her talk:  Lawrence's "Love Among the Haystacks" to be compared with Hardy's chapters "The Hollow amid the Ferns" and "The Storm – The Two Together" in Far From the Madding Crowd.


11th - 13th December 2020

Christmas Celebrations with the Haggs Farm Preservation Society

Our podcast of readings and music is available until February 2nd 2021. 

Wednesday 9th December 2020 7pm

Holly Laird

JDHLS 2020 Preview - a special number on DH Lawrence's poetry introduced by the guest editor, Holly Laird

Wednesday 11th November 2020 7pm

Postponed  AGM  followed by poetry discussion

Wednesday 14th October 2020 7pm

 Dr Catherine Brown

 'D. H. Lawrence and the sense of scale'

Saturday 12th September 2020

The DH Lawrence Festival

Visit our Soundcloud page to listen to all of these talks

David Game: 'DH Lawrence and Australia'

Paul Eggert: ‘Birds, beasts and flowers’

Malcolm Pittock: 'Lawrence's Jessie poems' 

Interview with Clive Leivers, president of the Haggs Farm Preservation Society who talks about his own life and a forthcoming publication of his new book, a collection of Jessie Chambers' writing

Judith Ruderman The Lawrence Birthday Lecture ‘A life of illness and resilience: Reflections on Lawrence’s letters in a time of pandemic’

Wednesday 8th July 2020 

  • 'The Country of My Heart' podcast by Alan Wilson 
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  • Coffee and chat via zoom at 8 pm

Wednesday 10th June 2020 7.15pm 

  • A reading of DH Lawrence's poem, Piano followed by discussion
  • Bring one of your favourite Lawrence poems in case we have time for additional discussion

Wednesday 11th March 2020 7pm

Dr. Hilary Hillier

'Lawrence’s use of dialect: a few readings and reflections'
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Wednesday 12th February 2020 7pm

Tony Rice

'Aaron Sisson's Longest Journey'

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Prof. Terry Gifford

'Trees and Gardens in Aaron's Rod'


Saturday 7th December

Advent and Christmas with D. H. Lawrence

  • A Concert of readings, poems and music connected with Lawrence. To be held in St Mary’s Church, Eastwood at 3pm, followed by a reception in the Church Lounge.

Wednesday 13th November

Paul Filmer

  • “Lawrence and Realism: Recollections of Maurice Magnus and Representations of Mr May”

Wednesday 9th October

Adam Lang

  • ‘“Back to Sardinia”

Saturday 7th September

The D. H. Lawrence Birthday Lecture

Annabel Abbs

  • “Frieda Lawrence: The Real Lady Chatterley”, interview by Annalise Grice
  • (To be held at Eastwood Hall Conference Centre, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, NG16 3SS at 7pm)

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