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Celebration of literary giant; ARTS: Festival marks anniversary of Eliot novel.

Byline: Mike Malyon

THE literary work of Nuneaton's most famous daughter will be applauded at a special festival next month.

It is being staged to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Adam Bede, written by former town schoolgirl Mary Ann Evans, better known as Victorian novelist George Eliot.

Among a host of events planned is a dramatised version of the book by students of Nuneaton's King Edward VI College, which will be performed at Bedworth Arts Centre on October 16, Nuneaton Arts centre the following night and St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry on October 22.

Members of the George Eliot Fellowship are organising the festival.

An exhibition The Making of Adam Bede is being staged at Nuneaton Museum, where there will also be talks relating to the novel. Author Bob Muscutt is coming from Germany on October 2 to reveal links between Hetty Sorrel and his ancestor Mary Ball, a ribbon weaver from Nuneaton who was publicly hanged in Coventry ten years before Adam Bede was published.

On October 9, Bev Baker, curator of the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, will give a talk - Crime, Punishment and Victorian Women. Both lectures are free and will start at 12.30pm.

Geoffrey Beevers and his wife Caroline John will be at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre on October 4, 2.30pm, to talk about adapting George Eliot for the stage, while on October 8, 7pm, Gabriel Woolf and Rosalind Shanks will give dramatised reading from the last section of Adam Bede to an audience in Chilvers Coton Parish Church.

The annual George Eliot Fellowship lecture will be given this year by Giles Foster, whose subject will be Adam Bede - book and film. This will take place at St John's Methodist Church in Nuneaton on October 10, 2pm.

Further details about the festival are available at libraries and museums, or by contacting 024 7661 9126.


LAUDED... Mary Ann Evans, who wrote as George Eliot.
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Date:Sep 24, 2009
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