George Eliot Fellowship

The George Eliot Fellowship

Wife, mother and grandmother, I originated in Leicester and spent an idyllic childhood, with three siblings, in Humberstone village. My mother was a self-confessed bookworm and passed on her love of books to her children. Musical tuition was also strongly encouraged, and I grew up with a love of books, music and all artistic activities.

How fortunate I regarded myself, to be able to employ all my hobbies in earning my living; being a teacher for forty years was an almost constant joy. I taught in Leicestershire and spent twenty happy years at Kirby Muxloe Primary School as a class teacher, with responsibility for Music, Art and for a time, Gifted Children.

It was fairly recently that my husband introduced me to the writings of George Eliot and after reading Silas Marner a couple of times, it was inevitable that I would go on to read almost everything that George Eliot ever wrote. Was she speaking directly to me? Well, it certainly felt like it; George Eliot made me laugh and cry spontaneously, and held me rapt in her magnificent storytelling.

I joined the George Eliot Fellowship in 2019, the Bi-Centennial year, enjoying many wonderful activities celebrating an amazing writer and person, and was honoured to be invited last year to become a Council Member. I hope to bring any knowledge or skill I possess to support the work of The George Eliot Fellowship as I believe that George Eliot’s ideas and writing are entirely relevant to today.