Study day will explore 'A Sense of Place in the Works of Mary Webb and Arnold Bennett'

A University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) study day will explore the work of two writers who found inspiration in very different regions of the Midlands.

The ‘Writing the Midlands: A Sense of Place in the Works of Mary Webb and Arnold Bennett’ event will take place at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, on Saturday May 26, from 10am to 4pm.

Professor Deborah Wynne from UCS, one of the organisers and speakers, said: “Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) transformed the Potteries in Staffordshire into ‘the Five Towns’ in major novels such as Anna of the Five Towns and Clayhanger. He depicted characters whose lives were enmeshed in the industrial landscape.

“Mary Webb (1881-1927) wrote novels based on rural Shropshire, including Precious Bane and Gone to Earth. Her characters are also profoundly shaped by the landscape in which they live.

“This study day will offer talks and opportunities for discussion, and is open to everyone who would like to find out more about these fascinating writers.”

Joining Prof Wynne to speak at the event, are: Dr Gladys Mary Coles, President of the Mary Webb Society; Dr Lisa Blower, novelist and short story writer; Dr Giulia Miller, a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature and Film at UCS, and Naomi Walker, a PhD student researching the work of the Shropshire women writers, Mary Webb and Mary Cholmondeley.

Admission is £25 including lunch and refreshments. To book a place go to: or

For further information, email Prof Wynne at [email protected] or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury (SY3 8HQ), which is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays.

The study day is part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details go to