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Phyllis Bentley, Thomas Hardy, Sunlight Soap … new in the Society Journal

There’s plenty of good stuff in the latest issue of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal (October 2012, volume 13)

Blue plaque for J.B. Priestley at 34 Mannheim Road, Bradford.

Blue plaque for J.B. Priestley at 34 Mannheim Road, Bradford. The family didn’t move from there straight to Saltburn Place as has traditionally been thought …

  • JC Eastwood on Priestley’s family homes in Bradford – clearing up a mystery!
  • Professor Maggie Gale of Manchester University on Priestley as a “man of the theatre” – the text of her 2012 Society lecture.
  • Priestley’s bibliographer Alan Day on JB’s links with novelist Phyllis Bentley and their opinions of each other’s writings.  Alan Day also looks at a series of “short uplift articles” Priestley wrote for Lever Brothers in 1940 as part of a promotion for Sunlight Soap.  Fascinating parallels to the Postscripts!
  • Trevor Johnson writes about Priestley and Thomas Hardy, in particular the former’s use of Hardy’s poem in the Postscript about the Isle of Wight Volunteers of 16 June 1940.
  • Philip Scowcroft surveys music in Priestley’s writings.

There is also a reprint of a Priestley rarity, “The Soul of Revue”, originally published in 1925 and hitherto unknown.

The Journal isn’t available online*, but is sent in print form to all members of the Society and is available in libraries, including ours of course.

*yet, watch this space!

Jung, Juvenilia, Theatre and Time: the latest Society Journal

As ever, the latest edition of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal offers new light on many facets of Priestley.

  • Tom Priestley reflects on family history as shown in the 1901 and 1911 censuses.  What was JB’s grandfather’s occupation?
  • Useful reprint of Norah Fienburgh’s 1932 Bradford Pioneer piece on Priestley’s 1913 Round the Hearth series.
  • Priestley turned again and again to the ideas of Jung: both believed in the power of dreams as a creative force: Lee Hanson’s lecture on the relationship between the two usefully summarises Priestley’s explorations of Jung’s often difficult ideas and covers how J.B. and Jacquetta Hawkes used them in Dragon’s Mouth.
  • Alan Day covers the February 1948 British Theatre conference, chaired by Priestley.  Fascinating controversies on the role of theatre managers and insight into the theatre of the time.
  • Rangarao Kulkarni discusses consciousness and time in five of Priestley’s later fictions: The Magicians, Saturn over the Water, The Thirty-first of June, Lost Empires and It’s an Old Country.

The Journal isn’t available online, but is sent in print form to all members of the Society and is available in libraries, including ours of course.

Priestley Scholars in Print

A new arrival in Special Collections. Volume 11, October 2010 issue of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal, full of Priestley scholarship.  I particularly liked an article by Priestley’s bibliographer, Alan Day, exploring in detail J.B.’s relationship with Canada. Having missed the Priestley Society annual lecture of 2010, I was pleased to see it reprinted in this issue: Ken Smith discussed Priestley’s Literature and Western Man, shedding new light on this massive and rather neglected work.

The issue also contains two pieces by me, both available online, but printed for the benefit of the many Society members who do not use the web: the text of the oration for the award of honorary degree to Tom Priestley, and reflections on the series Priestley’s Finest Hour.

The journal itself is not currently available online.  Society members receive a copy, and it is held by ourselves, national libraries, and some other university libraries.

Priestley times 10

Volume 10 of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal is just out.  It includes my article on the marketing campaign for the publication of English Journey in 1934, and how local newspapers and individuals responded to his candid comments about their towns.

This volume covers many aspects of Priestley’s varied literary work:

  • An early, unpublished story by Priestley, exploring a passionate love affair, transcribed and analysed by John Bennett.
  • Michael Nelson on a new DVD illustrating Priestley’s involvement with the British documentary film movement via two films: We live in two worlds, about the General Post Office, and Britain at Bay, WW2 morale boosting.
  • Alan Day on Priestley’s powerful anti-nuclear TV plays, Doomsday for Dyson (1958), and Level 7 (1966).  The latter, dramatising Mordecai Roshwald’s novel, is described as “harrowing in the extreme, truly awe-inspiring”.
  • Professor Kulkarni comparing Priestley to other writers on time.

This Journal is available free to members of the Society.  It is also available in a few libraries, including Special Collections at Bradford.


The Yorkshire Journal, a new free e-journal for Yorkshire, aimed at all readers and writers interested in this great county.  The first issue covers Whitby jet, Mother Shipton’s Well, and Scarborough Spa.

Modernism in the Magazines

I have just re-discovered The Modernist Journals Project, which will be very helpful to those interested in Mitrinovic, his circle, and the ideas of the time.  The Project aims to digitise and make freely available via the web important early 20th century magazines, I am most pleased to see New Age!  Other famous titles include Blast, and the English Review.  The site offers plenty of other useful resources including recent essays and books, and biographies of key individuals.  Full text of “The New Age under Orage” by Wallace Martin (1967)  is particularly welcome.

A note of caution in using this great site: the journals included are in the public domain under US law where the Project is based.  Material may still be in copyright elsewhere so check before download or other use!

Back to Uni – image of the month October 2009

A 2003 cover of Scrapie, the University of Bradford’s Students’ Union Magazine.
Model student settling in

Model student settling in

Collection of the Month December 2008: Magic lanterns and Methodists

New on Special Collections web: the Joseph Riley Archive. Joseph Riley (1838-1926) came to our attention as the father of Willie Riley, author of “Windyridge” and other popular novels set in Yorkshire, but his archive is fascinating in its own right, full of detail about Bradford life and the Methodism that was so important to him. His career took him from poverty (he started work at seven) to great success in the stuff trade and magic lantern business, but he faced many setbacks, and ultimately bankruptcy. The global nature of the Bradford wool trade and the resulting cosmopolitan attitude of Bradford business is reflected in Riley’s account of a business trip to Constantinople.