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Brand new George Eliot Quotation Trail now live!

Published on Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Trail of George Eliot

Walk in the footsteps of a legend and discover more about our region’s best loved author.

To honor the special 200th anniversary of George Eliot’s birth in Nuneaton this November, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has launched a brand-new interactive George Eliot Quotation Trail.

Incorporating a route through Nuneaton town centre and Riversley Park, the trail showcases famous locations the world-renowned author frequented during her early life and puts a fresh perspective on her work.

With 13 inspirational quotes taken from the works of George Eliot displayed on boards, participants can take a stroll through Nuneaton’s historic and architecturally rich town centre and experience locations that George Eliot used within her novels.

Not only can participants enjoy hunting down the quotes but they can also witness George Eliot’s words come alive with a special interactive feature. When barcodes on the quotation boards are scanned with a smart phone or tablet the spectator is directed to a YouTube video which has been lovingly produced by school children from across the Borough, depicting their interpretation of the quote in modern day terms.

To guide you through the trail there is a specially designed booklet available which contains a map of the quotation points and gives a historical summary of the principal points of interest associated with George Eliot’s work.

Paper copies of the booklet can be found at The Town Hall, Library and Museum in Nuneaton and digital versions of the trail will be available to download soon from the town centre website

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“This trail is a fantastic way to pay tribute to our town’s beloved literary legend on this special bicentenary year. The interactive aspect really engages people with the life of George Eliot and provides visitors with a fun way to enjoy her work as well as enabling them to find out more about the places within Nuneaton that George Eliot visited and wrote about during her life.

“I do hope that people come along to experience the trail and indeed 'walk in the footsteps of a legend!”