This essay by Kay Farndon is a lovely example of the sort of material that we want to collect for the George Eliot Visitor Centre. There are many people locally who have stories to tell about how George Eliot has affected their lives, or those of their parents, grandparents or distant relatives. They all contribute to the rich local associations that still exist in the area.
We are very grateful to Gerry Bishop and his group of amateur film makers in Nuneaton for this item. The film shows an exhibition held in Nuneaton Library and Museum in 1990. The film shows the quality of video before the digital age. Gerry would like to repeat the exhibition but retain the commentary. It remains to be seen whether that might be possible.
illustrated by Sarah Moore
There is still chance to buy this delightful edition as a present. We know that youngsters love it and the generosity of the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trust in Bedworth enabled the Fellowship to give a copy to every primary school pupil in the Bedworth area
But since then we have discovered that many adults also love this edition. The story is a delight of course and the illustrations are beautiful, as the examples here show.
Every year the Fellowship invites entries for the £500 Essay Prize. It is awarded for a previously unpublished paper on George Eliot’s life or work.
The winning essay will be published in the George Eliot Review and on this website. The author will also receive two years’ honorary membership of the Fellowship.
The competition is open to all, but may be of particular interest to graduate students. Essays should not normally exceed 5,000 words, and should be typed (or printed out) in double spacing on one side of A4 paper, leaving margins of approximately 3.5cm. They should follow the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) conventions, with single quotation marks for quotations, and endnotes rather than footnotes for references. After the first full reference to a work in an endnote, subsequent references to that work should be given in a shorter form in brackets in the text, so that endnotes are kept to a minimum.
Alternatively, contributors may use either the author/date system or a list of Works Cited with references to those works given in brackets in the text.
If printed, two copies should be submitted not later than 12 December, and addressed to
The Chairman, George Eliot Fellowship , 39 Lower Road, Barnacle, Coventry, CV7 9LD
Alternatively, essays can be submitted as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The George Eliot Fellowship will appoint a panel of judges which will include a member of the Editorial Board of the George Eliot Review. The decision of the panel will be final.
The prize winner will be announced on 31 March each year.