George Eliot Day


Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 10.00am

To be held at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton CV11 4LU


George Eliot and Warwickshire

Our speakers for the day are:

David Paterson

 David Paterson

 Places and Relationships to inspire a Novelist

David will be talking about Robert Evans, the Newdigates and the Arbury Estate. He looks at Robert Evans's friendship with Francis Newdigate junior who, thanks to Sir Roger's complex will, did not inherit Arbury after his father, Francis senior, died. He relates material about all this to George Eliot's works, especially Mr Gilfil, Adam Bede and more surprisingly perhaps, quite a lot related to Middlemarch and even a bit to Daniel Deronda. Astley Castle also features.


Annalise Grice

 Annalise Grice

 Writers and their Roots

Annalise will be discussing the literary connections of George Eliot and D H Lawrence and her paper is called:

Writers and their Roots: Literary Connections between D. H. Lawrence and George Eliot.

 This paper will explore the close literary connections between D. H. Lawrence and George Eliot, considering the ways in which they create an authentic sense of place in early short stories such as Lawrence's 'A Fragment of Stained Glass' (drafted in 1907 and published in the English Review in September 1911) and Eliot's 'Mr Gilfil's Love-Story' (published in Scenes of Clerical Life in 1857)


John Burton

 JB For Web

 What Warwickshire Made of George Eliot

What reception did local publications give to George Eliot, and what in particular did the early biographers make of her after 1880; and how local associations with her family have survived the intervening years.


Daniel Cane

Daniel Cane

The Mill on the Floss: The Musical

Daniel and his team hope to gain funding for a full production in 2019. We will hear about the recent workshops and more.


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