Monthly Archives: September 2011

View John Bird’s Festival opening address online

Big Issue Films is presenting highlights of its founder John Bird’s address at the opening of the George Orwell Festival on 9 September. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch John’s frank and sometimes controversial account of how Orwell’s work informed his … 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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‘Last Man in Europe’ brings triumphal Festival week to moving close

Michael McEvoy’s one-man play about George Orwell ‘The Last Man in Europe’, presented in St Mary church, Wallington (where Orwell himself was married) was a moving conclusion to the 2011 Festival. Our gratitude and best wishes to everyone who attended the … 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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‘George Orwell was not our Big Brother but our uncle’

Orwell’s surviving nephew and nieces remember their ‘Uncle Eric’ in this Times & Star article…

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