the 2023 D.H. Lawrence Festival

Broxtowe’s cultural scene will be showcased next month when the annual D.H. Lawrence Festival returns, celebrating local literature, art, music, heritage and community, with ten days of free literature, art, music, heritage and community events.





Literature Monday 4 September, 10.00am - Wellbeing Walk As part of the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum’s monthly wellbeing walk series, this month’s special festival walk will walk the Blue Line Trail, taking in the many sites in Eastwood with a connection to Lawrence and his work. Tea and coffee will be on offer at the museum afterwards. Moderately hilly, circular walking route, approx. 1.5 miles. Monday 4 September, 7.00pm – Reading Group led by Dr. Andrew Harrison Reading Group on 'Nottingham and the Mining Countryside', led by Dr Andrew Harrison, acclaimed Lawrence expert, currently Director of the D.H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, as well as a Lawrence biographer and founding editor of the Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies. At the Horse and Groom, Moorgreen. Wednesday 6 September, 7.00pm – D.H. Lawrence Society Midweek Talk (via Zoom) The D.H. Lawrence Society will be hosting a talk on Carthusians and Beauvale Priory, hosted by Rolf Pentzlin, a social historian from Germany. Visit for joining information. Friday 8 September, 2.00pm until 4.00pm - Book Launch: ‘Lawrence's Muse’ Haggs Farm Preservation Society will launch their latest publication, ‘Lawrence’s Muse: Jessie Chambers Wood through her own writing’ at Eastwood Library. Jessie was Lawrence's first girlfriend and a very significant influence on his early life who encouraged him to write and publish. The book illustrates the range of Jessie’s own talents and interests as a writer, artist, correspondent and pacifist. Tuesday 5 September – Series of talks on heritage, Lawrence and literature Festival Local Conference Day Talks at Eastwood Baptist Church, Percy Street, Eastwood, hosted by Alan Wilson, Chairman of the D.H. Lawrence Society, including: 10.00am – 12.00pm The Barber Family: One half of the coalmining dynasty, led by David Amos, a former miner and expert on Nottinghamshire mining heritage. A vanishing world: Places we have now lost (Alan Wilson). 2.00pm – 4.00pm Lawrence, Literature and our Living Landscape (Malcolm Gray). Lawrence and the social environment (John Pateman). Saturday 9 September, 10.00am until 4.00pm – The Lawrence/Leavis Conference Directed by Bob Hayward, a talk on Leavis’ appreciation of the range of human potentiality in the art of Lawrence’s Tales. Saturday 9 September, 7.00pm – The D.H. Lawrence International Birthday Lecture (via Zoom) This year’s lecture, entitled ‘Horsing around St. Mawr’, will come from Australia, with David Game, author of ‘D.H. Lawrence’s Australia: anxiety at the edge of the empire’ discussing biographical contexts for Lawrence’s Novelette, as well as literary contexts in his two Austrialian novels. Visit for joining information. Music Friday 8 September, 7.30pm – Organ Concert ‘Tuneful Airs’ Concert led by Celebratory Organist Alan Wilson, including music from local composers Eric Coates and Arthur Linwood, as well as some popular old favourites. Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Nottingham Road, Eastwood. Saturday 9 September, from 2.00pm - D.H Lawrence Music Festival Multi-venue music festival across Eastwood, with over 100 acts performing. Find out more at or search the D.H. Lawrence Music Festival playlist on Spotify for a sneak preview of this year’s artists. Sunday 10 September, 12.00pm– Pop Up Proms at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum Enjoy some jazz and classical music in museum gardens as part of the Heritage Open Day, thanks to Mish Mash Productions’ Pop Up proms series. Sunday 10 September, 4.00pm – Festival ‘Songs of Praise’ Featuring the renowned Eastwood Male Voice Choir, alongside readings, performances and audience participation, the finale event will bring together the week’s events, inspired by Lawrence’s love of the local landscape and the human richness in the local community. At St Mary’s Church, Greasley. Visual arts Until 30 September – ‘Celebrating the Volunteers of Eastwood’ Exhibition The exhibition will feature portraits from more than 30 local organisations, celebrating the volunteers of Eastwood who help improve the lives of people in the local community. The portraits have been taken by Lesley Grand-Scrutton and Anna Glew from The Beauvale Photography Group. Open during the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum usual opening hours or as part of the Heritage Open Days. From 1 September - D.H. Lawrence Portrait Exhibition The last known portrait of D.H. Lawrence will be on display in his hometown for the first time. Created by artist Joep Nicolas (1897-1972), the portrait has been recently acquired by Nottingham City Museums, and will be on display at the Birthplace Museum for a year, before it finds a more permanent residence at Nottingham Castle. Saturday 2 September, 10.00am until 4.00pm - Rag-rug making Drop in to the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum gift shop any time during the day to master this traditional thrifty craft so you can recycle your old clothing into fabulous rugs. Heritage Sunday 10 September - Heritage Open Day at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum will be opening specially as part of the national Heritage Open Days. Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, feel the warmth of the fire in the kitchen and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself. Ambience will be provided by Mish Mash Productions’ Pop Up Prom in the museum garden. Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September, 11.00am until 3.00pm - Heritage Open Day at The Breach House A change to visit and have a guided tour of The Breach House, a typical miner's cottage from the 1880s, D.H. Lawrence’s childhood home and the setting for The Bottoms in his novel Sons and Lovers. At The Breach House, 28 Garden Road, Eastwood. Community Sunday 3 September, 10.15am - Festival of Thanksgiving Eucharist, Greasley Church Wednesday 6 September, 1.15pm - Guided walk around Watnall Woods followed by cream tea at Greasley Church. Both the woods and the church feature in Lawrence’s work. Meet at Greasley Church. Thursday 7 September, 10.00am until 4.00pm - Open Day at St. Mary's Greasley with talks, displays, music, tours and hospitality. Thursday 7 September, 7.00pm - Evening Vigil at Beauvale Priory, the setting for Lawrence’s short story ‘A Fragment of Stained Glass’. Beginning at the Gatehouse School Room and ending in the Priory Ruins (weather permitting). Friday 8 September at 9.30am - A Festival 'Organ Mass' at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Nottingham Road Eastwood.


St Mary’s Church, Greasley - Church Road, Greasley, NG16 2AB Beauvale Priory - New Road, Moorgreen, NG16 2AA Hill Top RC Church of Our Lady - Nottingham Road, Eastwood, NG16 2AQ Eastwood Baptist Church - Percy Street, Eastwood, NG16 3EP Eastwood Library - Wellington Place, Eastwood NG16 3GB D.H.Lawrence Birthplace Museum - Victoria Street, Eastwood. NG16 3AW The Breach House - Garden Road, Eastwood, NG16 3FW The Horse and Groom Pub – Moorgeen (corner), NG16 2FE
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