Famous quotes from George Eliot will be emblazoned across her hometown as part of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of her birthday. “Don't judge a book by its cover” is one of the novelist's most famed quotes and it will feature among others on a special trail in key locations around Nuneaton town centre next year. The quotation trail is one of a series of events being planned not only to commemorate the bicentenary of her birth next year, but to help create a legacy to the writer who put Nuneaton on the literary map. News about the trail followed a question by Cllr Kyle Evans who, having attended the George Eliot Fellowship tour back in May, wanted to know what the council planned to do to celebrate the writer. “With the George Eliot link, Nuneaton and Bedworth has so much potential to capitalise on tourism, something I feel that the council does not really do a lot,” he said. “What preparations has the council got in place to celebrate the … [Read more...] about How Nuneaton is celebrating George Eliot’s birthday
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People in Thame may hold the key to solving a mystery surrounding a portrait of a famous author. An art dealer is appealing for help in tracing the early history of a picture dating from the 1840s of George Eliot, who wrote the classics Middlemarch and Mill On The Floss.Andrew Sim says experts believe the pastel sketch of Eliot - real name Mary Ann Evans - is authentic and created years before she became famous for her writing. Mr Sim bought the picture for £50 at an auction in South Oxfordshire last year and, after researching its importance, traced it back to a street market in Thame where it had been bought 18 months earlier. But he would like to know the early history of the work, such as where Mary Ann sat for the portrait, and possibly who created it.He said: “The stallholder can’t remember where he bought it from. The chances are that it came from a local source and had been sitting on someone’s wall for years.”The chalk pastel of Mary Ann is similar … [Read more...] about Can you help solve the mystery of George Eliot portrait sold in Thame?
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, one of the most renowned and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK – which boasts such alumni as Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia Colman, Sir Patrick Stewart and Samantha Bond - comes to the Corn Exchange next week with George Eliot’s classic novel The Mill on the Floss. Adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Helen Edmundson, this re-imagining turns Eliot’s story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a theatrical examination of the psyche of one of literature’s most charismatic heroines. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel. The Mill on the Floss, Corn Exchange, Tuesday, June 26, 7.30pm www.cornexchangenew.com … [Read more...] about Renowned theatre school presents classic Eliot
Three new roses made their debut at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show and they’re real beauties. David Austin Roses won another gold medal with a traditional rose garden provided the backdrop for the launch of varieties Emily Brontë, Tottering-by-Gently and The Mill on the Floss..David Austin Jnr said: “Our roses work really well, even in smaller spaces such as planted in a large container on a patio.”Here’s more on the new roses:Emily Brontë: named to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous novelist.The distinctive blooms are soft pink with a subtle apricot hue.The central petals deepen to rich apricot and surround a button eye.It flowers freely and almost continually from early summer into autumn.The fragrance of the flower is strong, beginning as tea but becoming more old rose with hints of lemon and grapefruit.It forms a tall, bushy shrub with strong, upright growth; the foliage is tinged red at first, later turning green. Size … [Read more...] about Gardening: Chelsea debut for three new beauties in the rose garden
These are the stories behind the curious names of the JD Wetherspoon pubs in Nuneaton and Bedworth. It is no secret that the chain, which has 900 venues around the UK, takes great pride in naming its watering holes. There's a whole range of names across the country. But this is how the borough’s two pubs got their names. The Felix Holt This pub takes its name from a fictional character created by George Eliot , in her novel of the same name, published in 1866. Nuneaton was the author’s home town. How the writer inspired the whole town Interestingly, there is also a ward at the George Eliot Hospital named Felix Holt, which is a specialist stroke unit. George Eliot has also inspired other pubs in the town, The George. Back when George Eliot was writing, the pub was a coaching inn. Not only is the writer immortalised by the pubs, there are also two statues in her honour; one in the town centre and one at the George Eliot Hospital. Her real name, Mary Ann Evans, is also the … [Read more...] about The meaning behind the names of Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Wetherspoon pubs