A steering committee has formed to organise and promote an inaugural event entitled the ‘George Orwell Festival 2011’, to take place in and around Letchworth Garden City, and in the nearby village of Wallington, where from 1936, George Orwell lived, married, and wrote some of his most famous books.
Orwell remains one of the world’s most read, quoted, and admired authors. In its choice of subject matter, themes, and focus, his work provides much inspiration for our times. The George Orwell Festival will celebrate the man, his life and career, and his writings – exploring his ideas, and their relevance to people now.
The Festival steering committee wants the Festival to be more than just a literary event, as a multi-faceted enterprise for ideas, technology, and the arts that is topical, challenging, stimulating, and educative.
The George Orwell Festival will showcase staged adaptations of Orwell’s stories, themed debates, art exhibitions, comedy nights, and book fairs. Well-known speakers from the fields of literature, media, and culture, will be featured. Orwell’s political significance will also be acknowledged.
The contact point and meeting place of the committee is at present David’s Book & Record Shop, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City (Hertfordshire SG6 3DE), where minuted planning meetings are held on a monthly basis.
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