13 members ably led as usual by our guide, member Michael King, enjoyed a lovely sunny day for our walk in the boozy hinterland of Orwell’s life. The group included some of our most recent members.
This is the 3rd time Michael has led us on this route. Each time as Michael acquires more information, some of it from the input of members on this and previous walks, the tour is somehow fresh and different, despite the familiar elements. The walk had two notable firsts this year.
The first was visiting the Marchmont Association Blue Plaque outside the former offices of The Horizon Magazine. Richard Blair and the daughter of Cyril Connolly and the son of Stephen Spender unveiled it in Spring this year. See the photo above.
The second was at the end of the walk the building, which had been the private wing of University College Hospital where Orwell died, has now sadly been demolished and will be replaced by a gleaming new facility.
Michael is planning a new route for next year, which will be in Hampstead and Canonbury Square on Saturday 1st October, which will be followed by a surprise to be announced soon.
Thanks again to Michael.
The next event is the Poetry book launch on 17th October we look forward to seeing you there if you have secured tickets from Neil Smith.
By Quentin Kopp