Wireless First

George Orwell's first appearance on the wireless was in a scripted discussion of "The Proletarian Author" with Desmond Hawkins. Professor Peter Davison's notes record that this was part of the series ‘The Writer in the Witness-Box’, with this contribution broadcast on the BBC Home Service on the 6th December 1940. The talk was published in…Read more Wireless First


Sniffing Out

  Some Sutherland insights (and errors) * Richard Lance Keeble sniffs out some useful Orwellian insights in the work of the controversial biographer, John Sutherland * John Sutherland’s Orwell’s Nose: A Pathological Biography (London, Reaktion Books, 2016) has proven to be highly controversial. While its focus on ‘smell narratives’ throughout Orwell’s work is both original…Read more Sniffing Out

Eric Blair at Eton

In 2018 Eton College unveiled a bust of their former student, Eric Blair, who left the school in 1921. He has become famous since as 'George Orwell'.   Sarah Warren-Macmillan, college librarian, described the unveiling, and Blair/Orwell's life, in the college magazine.     Our thanks to Sarah Warren-Macmillan, Eton College librarian.   Uploaded 2nd…Read more Eric Blair at Eton