Lawrence festival will have ‘Great War’ theme

DH Lawrence
DH Lawrence

As the centenary of the outbreak of World War One is marked across the country, this year’s D.H. Lawrence Festival will mark this important anniversary with a range of events and exhibitions exploring the impact on the local community in and around Eastwood during the ‘Great War’.

The annual festival returns from September 5 to September 25 with a number of events exploring the influence of the war on the Eastwood-born writer’s life and works.

Commemorative events will include an exhibition, a shop window display competition, a reading group and lectures.

A Lawrence’s War exhibition exploring how the war affected Lawrence, his life, his work and the lives of those at home in Eastwood will run from September 5 to November 2 and is open daily from 10am to 5pm at The Rainbow Gallery in the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre.

Eastwood businesses have been asked to decorate their shop windows in the theme of 1914-1918 and will be judged by the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe and President of Eastwood Historical Society on September 5.

On September 9 the reading group will discuss the 1915 version of Lawrence’s ‘England, my England’, the first major short story he wrote about the Great War from 7pm to 8pm at the Heritage Centre, and on September 11 a birthday lecture on ‘Lawrence and the War Years’ will be held at Eastwood Comprehensive School from 7pm to 8pm.

The final event of Eastwood’s War will be hosted by the Eastwood Historical Society on September 20 from 11am to 3 pm at Dora Phillips Hall on Wood Street, Eastwood and visitors will be able find out how local people coped during the Great War.