Wednesday, 16 March 2011
George Eliot and the Silas Marner Anniversary
One of the best things about life as a bookseller is the opportunity it provides for coming into contact with interesting people and learning of their actvities.
In 2009 we heard from musician Joe Jorgensen who had recently finished a book on Bob Marley, and also heard from Ross Bradshaw of Nottingham-based independent publisher Five Leaves (though in fact I already knew him) about his bookish tendencies.
In 2010 we heard from poet and academic N S Thompson about his book Letter to Auden and some readings he was giving.
Earlier this year we heard from journalist and author Keith Chapman, formerly of the Sexton Blake Library and Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine, about his past dealings with Walter Tyrer and his current involvement with the Black Horse Westerns series.
Today, I was lucky enough to hear from John Burton, chair of the George Eliot Fellowship concerning his organisation`s plans for the 150th anniversary of the publication of Silas Marner this year.
They are planning a series of events and actvities throughout the year, including a George Eliot Weekend (21/22 May), a series of walks (June - Sept), a play (November), a Silas Marner Festival/Annual Lecture (October), a birthday luncheon (November) and more. These events seem to be centred around the Nuneaton/Bedworth/Bulkington area. Ask them nicely and they`ll e-mail a copy of their newsletter to you.
For anyone wanting more information, the group`s website is at http://www.george-eliot-fellowship.com/ .