George Eliot Fellowship

The George Eliot Fellowship

The Council

Vice Chair

All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet from the narrow limits of our personal lot in the labour of our right arm, the cunning of our right hand, or the still, creative activity of our thought.’  (Adam Bede)

I believe that George Eliot is one of the greatest writers, ‘the female Shakespeare so to speak’ wrote a contemporary reviewer.  I joined the George Eliot Fellowship in the 1990’s and soon after became a Council member under the leadership of Kathleen and Bill Adams, and later John Burton.

It was teaching The Mill on the Floss to A level students at Nuneaton’s King Edward VI Sixth Form College (KEC) that first gave me the idea to dramatise her novels for local young people to perform.  But my creative thoughts would not have had an ‘outlet’ without close collaboration with the Head of Drama at KEC & theatre director Simon N. Winterman, and without the support of the Council of the George Eliot Fellowship. 

Over several years we performed Eliot’s novels in local theatres, schools and churches, each dramatisation designed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the novel’s publication. In 2016 Simon Winterman’s theatre company Sudden Impulse took Felix Holt to the Edinburgh Fringe to. 

A further ‘creative activity’ has been a collaboration with local illustrator Sarah Moore to produce a children’s version of Silas Marner.  The project could not have gone ahead without the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trust who awarded us a grant and presented every child in Bedworth with their own copy to commemorate Eliot’s Bicentenary, and also the support of Warwickshire County Council. Sarah and I are now working on a children’s version of The Mill on the Floss.

My passion is to popularise George Eliot, to make her accessible for a modern audience. I have only been able to do this because of the strength and encouragement I have received from the GEF. In its turn I have been privileged to serve the worldwide Fellowship as Vice Chair of the Council.