Reading Nottingham’s Unread: Republishing James Prior’s Forest Folk
From Hayley Cotterill on December 14th, 2017
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 audio recording is of a lunchtime talk given on 12 October 2017 by Tony Simpson, editor of The Spokesman, the journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and a director of Russell Press printers. The talk was given in conjunction with the ‘Collected Words’ exhibition at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts.
The exhibition was curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham.