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Radio 4′s Great Lives programme features George Orwell.

Listen to the Radio 4 programme Great Lives. MP Alan Johnson, Matthew Paris and Jean Seaton discuss the life and works of George Orwell. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mqpgh/Great_Lives_Series_28_George_Orwell/

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Are tyrants good for art?

An interesting piece from the BBC website by John Gray. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19202527

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The 2012 Festival programme is here!

  A programme with full details of this year’s festival is now available from David’s Bookshop, The Letchworth Tourist Information Centre, or by downloading here 2012 festival programme. Please be aware: There is a change to our published programme.  Unfortunately Gavin … Continue reading

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Barcelona Walking Tours

barcelona-spanish-civil-war-travel An interesting article from The Observer Magazine concerning a series of walking tours that feature Barcelona’s role in The Spanish civil war. The idea came from the tour guide, Stockport-born Nick Lloyd, who says “The people who take the … Continue reading

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‘Vanity Fair’ publishes Hitchens’s introduction to Orwell’s diaries…

The introduction to the diaries of George Orwell by the late essayist Christopher Hitchens has been published in US magazine Vanity Fair, UK Newspaper The Guardian reports today. In it Hitchens explores everything from Orwell’s “self-education away from… prejudices” to … Continue reading

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Oppenheim tipped to script new ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ movie

Orwell’s frighteningly prophetic tale of totalitarianism run amok, is once again headed to the silver screen. Read more here.

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George Orwell Festival 2012 calls for more volunteers

The George Orwell Festival 2012 (20th-23rd September 2012) is calling for volunteers who can contribute time and expertise to help make the 2012 venture as successful as last year’s inaugural event. The Festival is inviting people with an interest in … Continue reading

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‘The enduring myth of George Orwell’

Review on Salon.com of John Rodden’s new book The Unexamined Orwell which examines the legendary status the Nineteen Eighty-Four author has achieved since his death…

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Hitchens makes ‘an Orwell pilgrimage’…

Daily Mail journalist and commentator Peter Hitchens – star panellist of the George Orwell Festival Debate ‘What would Orwell write about today?’ that took place in Letchworth in front of a capacity audience last Friday evening – has blogged about  … Continue reading

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‘Orwell was one of my biggest inspirations’ reveals John Bird at Festival opening

The George Orwell Festival 2011 was launched yesterday evening with sound and fury by John Bird MBE, respected editor and founder of the international street newspaper The Big Issue. In his opening keynote address at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, Bird spoke passionately … Continue reading

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