Literary Locations #78: Hucknall

Literary Locations #78: Hucknall

In 1988, after a bi-centenary celebration of Byron’s birthday, the Newstead Abbey Byron Society was formed. The society’s first Chairman, David Herbert, was succeeded by Ken Purslow, who also served as Chairman of the annual Hucknall Byron Festival, first held in...
Literary Locations #76: Southwell

Literary Locations #76: Southwell

Many Nottingham writers have taken inspiration from their memories of Southwell, including D.H. Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe, and B.S. Johnson, whose experimental book-in-a-box, ‘The Unfortunates’ (1969), includes Brian’s recollections of visiting Southwell with June,...
Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

In the rolling acres of Robin Hood country, along a mile and a quarter of tree-lined road, is Newstead Abbey, surrounded by woodland, lakes, waterfalls and walled gardens. The Augustinian priory was built by Henry II, between 1163 and 1173, to atone for the murder of...
Literary Locations #72: Newark Market Place

Literary Locations #72: Newark Market Place

There’s a plaque on the outside of G.H. Porters on the corner of Market Place and Ridge Street that marks the spot where S. and J. Ridge of Newark (Ridge’s) printed the first volumes of Lord Byron’s poetry. Successive generations of the Ridge family were stationers,...