To honour the bicentenary of George Eliot, The Alliance of Literary Societies is holding its AGM in Nuneaton. On Friday there will be a reception for delegates booking for the whole weekend. It will be at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, opposite the church where Mary Ann was baptised and where her parents are buried.
Saturday sees a day of talks as well as the formal business of the AGM and a formal meal.
On Sunday morning there is an option to join the George Eliot Tour, details to be confirmed.
|Event Date||17 May 2019|
|Event End Date||19 May 2019|
|Location||Nuneaton Town Hall|
Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend. Think Byron and Shelley, Coleridge and Wordsworth, or Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But to whom did some of our best-known female authors turn for support?
Emma Claire Sweeney is co-author with her good friend Emily Midorikawa of A Secret Sisterhood – in which they discuss the little known creative partnerships of Jane Austen and the amateur playwright Anne Sharp; Charlotte Brontё and the feminist writer Mary Taylor; George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; and fellow Modernists Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf.
Kathryn Hughes is Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her biography of George Eliot (1999) won the James Tait Black award and her latest book, Victorians Undone (2017) has a chapter on George Eliot.