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Lady Chatterley's Lover: On Trial, in partnership with Waterstones

7 September 2016

To celebrate the arrival of English Touring Theatre’s production of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover this Autumn, Waterstones and ETT are hosting an evening of debate and discussion.

Inspired by the banning of the book, and the subsequent British Obscenity Trial, speakers selected by ETT will discuss censorship, sex, and the stage, in a panel discussion held at various Waterstones stores throughout the tour. Join us to discuss one of the most controversial books of the 20th Century, with a collection of great minds spanning academia, law and theatre alike.


17th October- Waterstones Oxford

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24th October- Waterstones York 

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7th November- Waterstones Salisbury

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14th November- Waterstones Brighton

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21st November- Waterstones Cambridge

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Thomas Grant QC (Brighton, Cambridge)

Thomas Grant QC is a practising barrister and author.  He lives in Sussex and London.  When he first met Jeremy Hutchinson, he asked him why he had not written his memoirs to which the answer was that Jeremy was ‘too busy living in the present’.  From this emerged the idea of a new type of biography, a joint endeavour that illustrated the history of a period through one man’s participation in it.


Dr Andrew Harrison (York)

Andrew Harrison is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Nottingham and Director of its D. H. Lawrence Research Centre. He has published extensively on Lawrence and is the author of The Life of D. H. Lawrence: A Critical Biography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).


Annalise Grice (Cambridge)

Annalise Grice is a late-stage PhD researcher and teaching affiliate working on projects within the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham. These projects have included assisting with drama sessions in schools, providing research for local and national BBC programmes, contributing to post-show discussions at theatre performances, and talking about Lawrence to special interest groups. Annalise’s AHRC-funded research project focuses on Lawrence’s early writings and the Edwardian literary marketplace.


Camilla Bostock (Brighton) 

Camilla Bostock is a writer, teacher and researcher based at the University of Sussex. Her Ph.D. thesis is a re-evaluation of the “life” of D.H. Lawrence’s poetry and fiction, through a reading of his letters. Camilla is an editor on the short story App, Quick Fictions, and her own writing has appeared in Oxford Literary Review, Parallax and Textual Practice.


Dr William McEvoy (Brighton)

Dr William McEvoy is Senior Lecturer in Drama and English at the University of Sussex. He has been a theatre critic for The Stage newspaper for over 20 years and chaired The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008/9. His research deals with ethics and performance, the writer-director relationship, and theatre adaptation. He is currently writing a monograph that looks at how theatre and literature can be used to theorise one another.


Dr David Gurnham (Salisbury)

Dr David Gurnham is a Professor of Criminal Law and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton. In his research and teaching he focuses on law’s relationships with forms of knowledge and expression traditionally considered to be outside of law’s own territory. His work places the judgments of law in their broader cultural context to understand how and why certain behaviours and desires come to be regarded as beyond the pale.


Dr Sos Eltis (Oxford)

 Dr Sos Eltis is an Associate Professor of English at Oxford University and a fellow of Brasenose College. Her recent book, Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage, 1800-1930, analyses theatrical representations of female desire from melodrama through to Noel Coward. She specialises in Victorian, modern and contemporary drama, and her writing has ranged from Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw, to Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and the political uses of camp.

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