The Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) AGM Weekend in Nuneatonhosted by The George Eliot Fellowship celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 May 2019
It was extremely useful to be able to get into the Town Hall on Friday afternoon.
Ourselves, Marty and Linda from the ALS and several delegates from member societies took the opportunity to set up as much as possible in advance of the main event on Saturday.
On 19th March a group of Fellowship members met for an informal celebration at George Eliot’s grave in Highgate Cemetery. The grave was looking springlike with the hellebores, cyclamen, primroses and pansies we’ve been planting and we were pleased to be joined by a visiting family with an interest in George Eliot.
By Margaret Mather
Lesley Smith’s dramatisation of George Eliot recalling her life was simply, outstanding. Dressed in period costume, Lesley sat on a chair and regaled the audience for ninety minutes, with tales of George Eliot’s (Mary Ann Evans) life.
After ten minutes, I didn’t see Lesley on stage, I saw George Eliot so strong was the performance.
Wherever you are in 2019, welcome to Weimar in 1854. Accompany Marian Evans, aka George Eliot, and George Henry Lewes during their stay in the then capital of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (later Thuringia), three exciting, well documented months so crucial for Eliot‘s personal life, and her future career as a novelist.
Dr. Rilett is the editor of the newly launched George Eliot Archive, a digital edition of the complete works of George Eliot, which includes all the nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and known portraits of the author, as well as an extensive collection of writings about her by her contemporaries.