Reading Nottingham’s Unread: Republishing James Prior’s Forest Folk

First published in 1901, Prior’s pacy novel is set in Blidworth against a background of the Napoleonic Wars and Luddite riots. It lay unnoticed for many years, although DH Lawrence rated Prior’s work.

Then, in 2016, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Spokesman Books co-published DAWN OF THE UNREAD, graphic accounts of vengeful local writers resolute on being read by new generations. In the ferment, Forest Folk clawed its way into view. How will it fare in the bookshops of 2017?

This lunchtime talk is by Tony Simpson — editor of The Spokesman, journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and a director of Russell Press printers. It is one of a series of talks held to accompany the Collected Words exhibition at Weston Gallery.

Admission to this talk is free however places are limited — so please book in advance through the Lakeside Arts box office (0115 846 7777).

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