The tenth annual Lawrence Festival

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The DH Lawrence Festival, which marks the life and works of one of the nation’s most loved writers, kicked off this week.

The tenth annual festival was launched yesterday, September 5, with an invitation-only event attended by Broxtowe Mayor, Iris White.

Events will include guided walks, historic tours, talks, film screenings and various crafts and activities.

One of the highlights, the Brinsley Headstocks Festival, will take place this Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and promises to be the biggest one yet with 43 stands.

There will be bands playing, choirs singing, crafts for kids and archery as well as local charities and organisations promoting what they do.

The festival, which will run until September 21, will celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of one of Lawrence’s most famous novels, Sons and Lovers, looking at how Lawrence used the local people and places he knew to feature in the book.

An exhibition called ‘careful or I’ll put you in my novel’ will run at the Lawrence Heritage Centre itself in Mansfield Road throughout the length of the festival and beyond.

DH Lawrence was born and brought up in Eastwood, living in various properties in the town which now feature in guided walks or as museums.

For more information call the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre on 01773 717 353 or email

The centre is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. A small admission charge applies with joint admission available to the nearby DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Victoria Street, which offers timed, guided tours of the writer’s first family home.