The Life and Times of Phyllis Bentley

Margaret Barnes gave a fascinating talk on the life of Halifax author Phyllis Bentley to the October meeting of the Society.
Phyllis was born on Stanley Road, King Cross close to Dunkirk Mill where her father ran a textile business. From an early age she met people from many different walks of life and  later excelled at Cheltenham Ladies College. Her adult options were shaped by her family, social  conventions of the time and political developments. She was a teacher for a short time but mainly concentrated on writing which took may forms – book reviews, plays for entertaining the troops in World War 1, maintaining a daily diary and writing novels. She died in 1977 – her personal papers were given to West Yorkshire Archives and her novels are still available in local libraries.
The Society’s next event is a “German Evening” in the Maurice Jagger Centre at 7.30 pm on Friday November 10th when members and visitors will hear about recent visits to Aachen by local groups. A traditional German Supper will also be enjoyed! Tickets are available from Halifax 351324.

Geoff Barnes

Publicity Officer