An explosive line-up has been put together for the 11th annual Eastwood-based DH Lawrence Festival, which will launch in the coming weeks.
The jam-packed programme features more than 40 events, including walks, talks, tours, film screenings, concerts, reading groups and concerts in honour of the world-renowned Eastwood-born author,
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, this year’s festival exhibition is ‘Lawrence’s War’ and explores how the war affected the author, his works and those at home in Eastwood.
Highlights will include a book launch by D.H Lawrence’s third cousin, Barbara Unkovic, with readings from her new novel ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, and a live Twitter discussion with Dr Andrew Harrison and Annalise Grice from the University of Nottingham’s D.H Lawrence Research Centre.
Councillor Ian Tyler, cabinet member for leisure and culture at Broxtowe Borough Council told the Advertiser: “As this is the centenary year of the start of World War One, the theme ‘Lawrence’s War’ is very relevant for this year’s festival.
“Each year the festival provides a fascinating insight into the writer’s heritage and the area that so influenced his work. “
Coun Tyler added that he was particularly looking forward to the first-ever ‘Eastwood Does Vintage’ event and believes the festival is important to the town.
He added: “This is a very important Festival for the annual calendar as its events like this that will continue to protect and promote the Lawrence Heritage for everyone to enjoy.”
The festival will run from September 5 to September 25 and will include several full day events for the whole family, such as Brinsley Headstocks Festival with performances from Newmount Brass Band, a steam heritage day, Falling Leaves Folk Festival in Annesley and even a Wind Up Mining Heritage Bus Tour around local heritage coalmines.
Most festival events will be held at the D.H Lawrence Heritage Centre on Mansfield Road, Eastwood.
The festival line-up will feature in the Advertiser. For more information visit www.dhlawrenceheritage.org.