Famous writer at Lawrence festival

Billy Ivory
Billy Ivory

FAMOUS screenwriter Billy Ivory has returned to Eastwood for this year’s DH Lawrence Festival.

Mr Ivory, who wrote the recent blockbuster Made In Dagenham and also made an appearance at the festival last year, is showing screenings of his BBC adaptation of the Lawrence novel, Women In Love, accompanied with question and answer sessions.

The first screening was held at Eastwood Comprehensive School theatre on Wednesday, the second was held yesterday and the final two parts are being shown this Sunday at 1pm at Durban House Heritage Centre.

The eighth festival, launched last Friday, will not run for the whole of the month this year because organisers were uncertain about the future of Durban House when they were in the planning stages.

Although events will end this Sunday, the art exhibitions will be on until September 25.

The exhibition, in the Rainbow Gallery, is called The White Peacock, exploring local countryside featured in the novel, and local artist Mike Tomlinson is exhibiting art work with a Lawrence theme in the heritage centre tea shop.

Throughout this week there has been events and activities at the Birthplace Museum in Victoria Street, guided walks and talks, creative writing workshops and lectures and reading groups.

Yesterday there was a Beauvale Priory sketching day and this Sunday – as the finale to the festival – there is a play called Phoenix Rising, being staged by actor Paul Slack.

Paul, who has toured the UK with the show, plays the part of a young Lawrence.

Many events at this year’s festival have been centred around the Writer’s novel The White Peacock as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

DH Lawrence Heritage, which includes the Durban House Heritage Centre and DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, is open Tuesday to Friday and Sundays from 10am until 5pm.

The attraction brings together a museum, heritage centre, gift shop, tea shop, art gallery, conference facility and civil wedding venue.

For more information and to secure your place at festival events call 01773 717 353.