Lawrence festival success

Some of the organisers of the festival
Some of the organisers of the festival

This year’s DH Lawrence festival has sadly come to an end but the organisers are celebrating another successful year with more than 2,000 visitors attending a total of 40 events.

A packed programme was on offer at the 11th annual festival which also commemorated the outbreak of the First World War by exploring Lawrence’s experience of the Great War and how it influenced his work.

The literary festival came to an explosive end with a sold-out performance of Lawrence’s play ‘The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd’ at Lakeside Arts Centre at the University of Nottingham last Thursday (September 25).

Other highlights of the month-long event included Eastwood Does Vintage, Eastwood Historical Society’s ‘Eastwood’s War’ and National Heritage Open Days, and a special book launch by DH Lawrence’s third cousin Barbara Unkovic.

Throughout the month the festival hosted a multitude of walks, talks, lectures, film screenings and even bus tours to visitors interested in finding out more about Lawrence’s life and works.

Cllr Ian Tyler (Lib Dem), Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “We are delighted by the success of this year’s festival.

“It is a real credit to not only the DH Lawrence Heritage team but also all those within the community who volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise each year to make the Festival a celebration that D.H. Lawrence would be truly proud of.”

The festival’s success comes thanks to help and support from a wide range of local voluntary groups, schools, businesses and organisations including the D.H. Lawrence Society, Eastwood Historical Society, Ashfield District Council, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Playhouse.

And now this year’s festival is over, this dedicated group of organisers have already started planning the 2015 programme which will celebrate the heritage and culture of the local area.

The exhibition ‘Eastwood on the Home Front’, collated especially for the festival, will be open to visitors until Sunday November 2. The exhibition includes artefacts and stories from around the area from WW1.