Preview: D H Lawrence Festival, Various Venues, Notts
Thursday 18 August 2005
As an expert on the infamous 1960 trial when Penguin won the right to publish Lady Chatterley's Lover in its entirety, Dr Sean Matthews of Nottingham University has been advising on which Lawrence memorabilia to exhibit in the Lady Chatterley's Lover Uncovered exhibition (to 21 September). "We have first editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover, copies of pirate editions, even EM Forster's letter, as a trial witness, defending Lawrence," he says.
The festival, now in its second year, will include talks on the author by enthusiasts such as the writer Alan Sillitoe (like Lawrence, he comes from Nottinghamshire). One of the world's foremost Lawrence specialists, John Worthen, will discuss Lady Chatterley's Lover and its significance for Eastwood, Lawrence's home town.
Other highlights include guided walks through the Nottinghamshire countryside that inspired and shaped Lawrence. "I am particularly looking forward to joining the Miner's Stagger [21 August], which will follow a route between a number of pubs immortalised in Lawrence's novels," says Dr Matthews.
On 11 September, you can find out what it was like At Home With the Lawrence Family at the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood. On A Night in Mexico (24 August), meanwhile, the author Geoff Dyer will talk about Lawrence's experiences in that country; guests can also enjoy Mexican food and music.
In addition, The Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, will be hosting a number of films adapted from Lawrence's work: The Rocking Horse Winner,Sons and Lovers, Virgin and the Gypsy and The Fox. Priest of Love, a biopic starring Ian McKellen, will also be shown.
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