Orwell and the Arts 2018

The Third George Orwell Conference

At Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday May 30th

Orwell and the Arts 2018

LGO2 10 am to 4 p.m. Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, SE14 6NW


Long Brochure 3rd George Orwell Studies Conference

Conference Schedule

10.00 Conference opened by the Warden of Goldsmiths, Pat Loughrey

10.05  Orwell, Art and Homage to Catalonia

Artist Sonia Boue, George Orwell’s son Richard Blair and Quentin Kopp, son of Georges Kopp- Orwell’s commanding officer in the Spanish Civil war- discuss the experience of returning to Catalonia when all of them had fathers who participated in and witnessed the tragedies of this conflict. Interviewed in open discussion by Professor Tim Crook.

11.00  Keynote presentation Professor Len Platt. ‘Orwell and Literary Art’- Was he as one contemporary novelist said ‘a literary mediocrity’, or did he pioneer a unique political literary aesthetic?

11.40  Professor Anna Furse revisits her creation of Down and Out in Paris and London ‘Dans La Deche’in 1992 and some of its many challenges.

12.10  Professor Richard Keeble presents ‘The Art of Donald McGill: Orwell and the Pleasures of Sex’

12.45  AuthorNicola Rossi reads from her new work ‘Rockstar Ending’ and explores her inspiration from Orwell that has included being runner-up in the Orwell Dystopian Prize.

1 p.m. Lunchtime.

2 p.m. Artist Glenn Ibbitson presents‘Room 103: Orwell and contemporary visual art’ – exploring how the art of the present is influenced by Orwell’s work.’

2.45 Douglas Kerr, Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong and Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, London presents:’The pwe dance in Orwell’s Burmese Days’

3.15  Stuart Bannocks, lecturer in Design at Goldsmiths presents’Icons in Windows & Books Without Covers’ – exploring the design of books in relation to ideas of micro-propaganda in hyper-biased times. Inspired by Orwell’s understanding of the art of propaganda.

4.00 Closing thanks


Professor Tim Crook onOrwell and the Art of the Microphone is the reserve presentation. The paper will be submitted to the next Edition of the George Orwell Studies Journal.


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Orwell and the Arts 2018

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