The Sun Shines on Coventry

Walking with George


On Sunday (14th July), 20 eager faces turned out for the second of Vanessa Oakes' 'Walking With George' walks around the centre of Coventry, visiting significant landmarks of her life during the years in which she lived in the city. Sonia Ritter, dressed in George Eliot's signature blue dress, acted out readings from her novels and letters.

Starting out at Nantglyn/Loveitts we followed in Mary Anne’s footsteps past Greyfriar’s Spire and Ford’s Hospital towards the site of Cow Lane Chapel (now a car park), accompanied by the enthusiastic hymn singing drifting out from Coventry Methodist Central Hall. Inside St. Mary’s Guildhall George read from Adam Bede (Chapter 43). After a spot of sight-seeing and costume maintenance (gaffer tape) we walked on through the cathedral ruins towards Holy Trinity. As the bell-ringers of St. Michael’s got into full swing George sang Will’s song from Middlemarch. We then took our seats to hear George read Mary Anne’s letter to her father in the very church she was refusing to attend. After grabbing a quick coffee and chatting with some interested members of the congregation we headed to The Herbert – our final destination of the day before lunch.

Our third and final walk takes place at 11am on Sunday 18th August – meet at Coventry Canal Basin. It is FREE to attend but please book your place/s in advance by Telephone: 07981 907285 or Email:

 George Eliot Sonya



Published on 21 January 2019


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