Vanessa Oakes – George Eliot Residency Update

Since May Vanessa has sought high and low for George meeting some fascinating people/characters along the way (not forgetting Vernon – Museum Collection Software System).

Over the Summer she has travelled through George Eliot Country on a 1929 Charabanc (Shar-a-bang) rambled around Red Deeps and finally tracked down Dinah Morris/Bede in Wirksworth

The 65 posts on the blog so far have generated 202 comments and 3,389 views, with people in

the USA, Germany, Scotland, Staffordshire, Lancashire, East Sussex, Yorkshire, Northampton, Southampton, Birmingham, London as well as Coventry & Warwickshire receiving copies of her books.

This Autumn they will be unveiling Vanessa’s gallery intervention, presenting her new play and announcing more blog giveaways but before that Vanessa will be talking about my residency on the following dates:

Friday 30th September 12.30 – 1.30pm at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery (free event) for more information 024 7635 0720

Monday 3rd October 10.30am at Lord Leycester Hospital as part of Warwick Words Festival of Literature and Spoken Word (£5 includes morning coffee) box office 01926 776438

Sunday 20th November 12.30 for 1pm as guest of honour at the George Eliot Annual Birthday Luncheon at Weston Hall, Bulkington. The talk will be followed by a toast to the immortal memory of George Eliot. Contact John Burton (Chairman of the George Eliot Fellowship) for more information on price/reservations

It would be great to see some of you there

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