Orwell Society member, Ian Parson, takes George Orwell's war-time diary for 1940 and discusses George Orwell on the Underground. Fear of aerial bombardment had been a concern in government and private circles before the Second World War. After September 1939 Orwell's colleague Ritchie Calder was appointed to examine the consequences of civilian bombing. Meanwhile,…Read more On The Underground
Third George Orwell Studies Conference Wednesday 30 May 2018: Orwell and the Arts At Goldsmiths, University of London Provisional Details In one of his essays George Orwell wrote "All art is propaganda...On the other hand, not all propaganda is art." In his novels his characters had some acerbic things to say about artists: "Of all…Read more And The Arts!
Richard Blair attended a performance of Nineteen Eighty-Four at the Tower Theatre in London and has provided us with this report on the latest adaptation of his father's masterpiece. "this was an excellent production" (Richard Blair) Nineteen Eighty-Four close to the original – and with audience participation On Saturday March 3, I…Read more Close to the Original
We have drawn attention previously to some books which continue themes from George Orwell or respond to issues in his work. Here is a reminder of some of these works, specifically fiction. Orwell once wrote, ''The novel is a Protestant art form, requiring the free play of mind. There are few Catholic novelists who are…Read more Covering Orwell
Richard Lance Keeble, Chair of the Orwell Society, expands on David Forrest's excellent article commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Barry Hines' novel A Kestrel For A Knave, later filmed as Kes. * The influence of Orwell on writing and culture in general is vast. To take just one small example: the…Read more How Orwell inspired Hines
Although he returned from Burma in 1927, George Orwell (still Eric Blair for part of the time) kept up his interest in both the Indian sub-continent and the wider Far East. It was part of the Blair family tradition. His mother had extended family in Burma, while his father had spent most of…Read more Tartary and Thibet
Sylvia Topp, who is writing the biography of Eileen O'Shaughnessy, has obtained a group photograph of Eileen's year at St Hugh's College, Oxford, taken in 1925, over a decade before Eileen and George Orwell married. This has previously been unknown. ... ... Examine this photograph. Who do you think is the woman who would…Read more Eileen – An Oxford Photograph