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Margaret Wolfit Obituary

My Mum, Margaret Wolfit (Amis) passed away on 20th September. I wanted to write to reassure everyone that she didn't suffer for long and that 2008 was a decent year in many ways. As you may know, she'd been treated for breast cancer thirteen years…

Aesop's Fables and George Eliot's Brother and Sister Sonnets

It is always exciting to discover something new and to come upon it unexpectedly. That was my happy experience a few years ago. I had decided to try my hand at devising a biographical programme on George Eliot and to attempt to portray her at the end…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2002

Dear George Eliot You don't know me - but I have been a great admirer of yours for a long time now, since I was at school in fact. I must have been very young when I first had parts of your novels read to me. Later when I was…

Review of A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot Fellowship 1930-2000 by Kathleen Adams

On November 22nd 1930 an inaugural supper for the George Eliot Fellowship was held at the Newdegate Arms in Nuneaton, at which Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG of Arbury Hall presided. He told the assembled company that it was high time that those who…

George Eliot in South Africa

In 1992 I made my first visit to South Africa. I had always wanted to see for myself what life was like there and come to my own conclusions. It was an extraordinary time to visit. Mandela had been released from gaol and a referendum of the whites…

Dearly Beloved Scott

When Mary Ann Evans was seven years old, her elder sister Chrissie was lent a copy of Waverley. Unfortunately, the book had to be returned before Mary Ann had finished reading it: this distressed her greatly, and she began to write out the story…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1988

In May 1869 George Eliot received what she described as "a really noble letter from the American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe full of admiration of Silas Marner The Mill on the Floss and Adam Bede" and although they never met, there seems to have…

Octavia Hill and George Eliot - Coincidences

For a long time I have been performing two one-woman shows based on the Victorian novelist George Eliot - Firstly, "The Mill on the Floss", and later a biographical portrait of George Eliot herself. About three years ago, I began to feel that perhaps…

Obituary 2: Gordon Haight

In the spring of 1972 when I was making plans to take my one woman version of "The Mi 11 on the Floss" to the Edinburgh Festival fringe I plucked up courage and wrote a letter to Gordon Haight asking his help with some programme notes. I had, of…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1985

'The Quiet Conquest' is the title of the Huguenot exhibition celebrating Huguenot Heritage Year – 300 years since the revoking of the Edict of Nantes - currently showing at the London Museum. The origins and earliest application of the term Huguenot,…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1975

I was looking through the paper yesterday and discovered that November 22nd. was the birthday of Mr. Benjamin Britten, Lord Robens, Peter Hall and Pat Smythe. One name not mentioned in this list, and one that, to my mind, most certainly should have…