About The Society

The JB Priestley Society was established in 1997, when a group of JBP enthusiasts decided that they wanted to enjoy and promote his work. Other literary figures had their Society’s and it was fitting that JBP should be recognised in the same way. The group were encouraged in their initiative by JBP’s son, Tom Priestley, who remains involved in the Society’s activities.

JB Priestley is a national and international literary figure who is still widely read. His plays and their messages continue to resonate with our modern world and are produced all over the globe.

The aims of the Society penned in 1997 still hold good and we delight in sharing our insights about the great man and his work. We hope that this website might inspire you to join us. Please explore and learn a little more.

Its aims are threefold:

  • To widen the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Priestley’s literary and other published works.
  • To promote the study of his life and career, and the social, cultural and political forces which influenced him.
  • To provide members of the Society and all interested people opportunities to share experience and knowledge of his works, his life, and his career.

The Society promotes its Aims in a number of ways:

  • Hold lectures, seminars, conferences and other events including the exhibition of films and video-cassettes.
  • Publish newsletters, journals, monographs and other written material, and promote the public performance of Priestley’s work.
  • Encourage and assist with education projects relating to Priestley’s life and work.
  • Promote the production, distribution, exhibition and availability of books, films, photographs and other associated material.

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Deliverance with Tom Priestley

Sunday 26 April at 3pm Regent Street Cinema J B Priestley Society presents Preceded by a talk with editor Tom Priestley and followed by a Q&A USA 1972 104 mins cert 18 Director: John Boorman Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Film Editing Tom Priestley This screening of the classic and controversial 1970s film Deliverance comes

The Good Companions (1957)

Sunday 24 November at 1:15pm Square Chapel, Halifax Starring Jeanette Scott, John Fraser, Eric Portman, Celia Johnson With an introduction and a small exhibition curated by the JB Priestley Society  Adapted from J.B. Priestley’s famous novel charting the ups and downs of a struggling touring concert party, this endearing musical comedy features an outstanding array of

Smoking pipes JB Priestley Society

The J.B. Priestley Society’s Open One-day Conference

J.B. PRIESTLEY: EXPERIMENTAL DRAMATIST At the International Anthony Burgess Foundation The Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.00-16.30 (Tea and coffee available from 09.30) The keynote conference lecture will be given by the internationally-renowned author on modern spirituality Anthony Peake, whose most recent book Time and the Rose Garden discusses

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Free Priestley essay. Read it here then buy the book. ‘Coming close to my idea of Hell is the official diplomatic life, with its endless lunch- eons, cocktail parties, dinners, receptions, suppers, all packed with the same people saying nothing...’ https://www.nottinghilleditions.com/giving-up-conferences-by-j-b-priestley/

This is a lovely story and will be a superb attraction. A little known fact and a nice Bradford connection is that J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan was a very good friend of J. B. Priestley and became the Godfather of Priestley’s son, Tom. https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18620920.statue-peter-pan-comes-lister-park-yorkshire-day-gift-bradford/

“From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore, with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, and affectionate farewell”

These were Dickens’s parting words at his last public reading. He died 3 months later #onthisday in 1870. Today, we mark the 150th anniversary of his death.

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