Our popular article on hop-picking as described by George Orwell and other authors has suffered some problems in its layout. Author Ron Bateman has supplied a new text and illustrations. This article first appeared in the Orwell Society Journal first issue. Members receive the Journal twice a year as part of their membership. * Writers…Read more Writers and Hop-Picking
Richard Lance Keeble describes the latest issue of George Orwell Studies. ‘Orwell and the arts’ is the theme of the latest bumper issue (Volume 3 Number 1) of George Orwell Studies. Six contrasting papers given at a symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London, on 30 May 2018, are carried in the journal which is completely…Read more Orwell and the Arts
Two books by Ernest Bramah (1868-1942), a writer whom George Orwell admired in print, have been re-issued this year As both have been particularly difficult to obtain these new editions allow us to fill in some of the gaps in Bramah's work, and to see how it changed during his writing career. “[Rather than…Read more Ernest Bramah 2018
The Orwell Society is pleased to be one of the organisations who have contributed to a discussion in the New York Times on factual works that have influenced a classic work of literature. We spoke about two influences on George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). The first work we identified was James Burnham's The…Read more Books and Influence?
George Orwell referred to the work of American author Jack London repeatedly. London had been not only a radical writer but had experienced and investigated the working conditions of both his fellow Americans in California and of London, from which he wrote a book about his horrifying experiences, The People of the Abyss. Now Orwell…Read more Good Beds for Single Men
The Orwell Society offering £3,000 Bursary for Academic Year 2019-20 The Orwell Society has gained charitable status in recognition of its aim to promote understanding of the life and works of George Orwell. Orwell's novels, essays and journalism continue to offer inspiration and insights to many people. This is clear from the increasing attention paid…Read more Bursary for Academic Year 2019-20
Today we announce the launch of the Orwell Society 2019 Dystopian Fiction Prize. * * Dystopian fiction prize challenge for university students 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. As part of our celebrations of Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Orwell Society is organising its fifth annual short story…Read more 2019 Dystopian Fiction Prize