1984 Live : Tuesday 6th June 2017




  • The UK’s first ever live start-to-finish reading of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four on Tuesday 6th June 2017, 9am until 10pm at Senate House, London WC1E 7HU.
  • Actors, writers, politicians, journalists, academics and members of the public will read the book over the course of a single day, two days before the UK General Election and the 68th anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four on 8th June 1949.
  • Readers include Richard Blair (George Orwell’s son), Alan Johnson MP, writer Aminatta Forna, journalist Peter Hitchens, Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran, musician Billy Bragg, Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, broadcaster and historian David Olusoga and activist Jack Monroe.
  • Members of the public can apply for a chance to read at www.orwellfoundation.com/1984live
  • Free event, first-come first-served.
  • The full reading will be live-streamed online.
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  • Senate House was the inspiration for Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Truth’.
  • Bringing together a variety of voices, politics and perspectives, the reading highlights Nineteen Eighty-Four’s worldwide and contemporary relevance.
  • Part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2017 a week-long festival, comprising talks, workshops and exhibitions, set to challenge your thinking and offer new ways of understanding our world.

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