I have been away and it was while I was away that the news came through that Coventry has been awarded City of Culture 2021, weyhey!! And yes I did do a jig round the room.
2017 is when I fell in love with Coventry. In 2016 I read The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss which immediately became my book of the year. In the novel one of the protagonists, Adam, is researching the history of the cathedral. Like most people I know that Coventry cathedral was bombed in the blitz, that the new cathedral was designed by Basil Spence, and was controversial.
It was that novel that sent me to Coventry. Twice. I loved it. Coventry is a wonderful city. It is vibrant, friendly, make that very friendly, diverse, the new cathedral is astounding – reading The Tidal Zone is a great way to prepare for the building – there are depictions of elephants all over the shop, every corner you turn reveals something of interest and wonder.
George Eliot moved to Coventry and her novel Middlemarch – a must read in any language – is set in a fictional town based on Coventry.
Then there’s Lady Godiva, endless people connected with the industrial revolution, Angela Brazil, John Hewitt and Philip Larkin, but if you are still unconvinced, watch Nativity directed by the very wonderful Debbie Isitt
Let me know if you want a tour.
Well done Coventry, you deserve it.