70 Years of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Fourth George Orwell Studies Symposium
At Goldsmith’s College, London
Thursday May 9th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets free.

It’s been 70 years since the publication of one of the most influential novels in the history of modern literature, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.


Goldsmiths, in association with the Orwell Society, presents a day of argument, controversy, reflection and creativity to celebrate and commemorate the year George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was published and first read.

Featuring the world’s leading scholars and writers on George Orwell and his contribution to literature, politics, society and culture:

Professor John Newsinger author of Hope Lies in the Proles: George Orwell and the Left (Pluto Press 2018)

Orwell’s biographer D.J. Taylor on ‘A Five-Year Stretch: Nineteen Eighty-Four’s long gestation.’ His biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is due out this year.

George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, on ‘Living with 70 years of my father’s vision of Nineteen Eighty-Four‘.

Professor Richard Keeble, Chair of the Orwell Society on ‘Who was Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four?’

Professor Tim Crook on ‘Orwell and H.G. Wells: Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Rights of Man.’

A live performance by Creative Vortex of the ‘Folk Ballad’ (music and lyrics) from Peter Cordwell’s One Georgie Orwell in association with the Greenwich Theatre.

Organised by Professor Tim Crook, joint editor of the George Orwell Studies Journal.

Book through Eventbrite here.

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