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The International Brigade Memorial Trust is holding: GEORGE ORWELL HOMAGE TO CATALONIA 75 YEARS ON on the 2nd March, 2013. Speakers include: Dr. Richard Baxell, Dr. Tom Buchanan, Christopher Hall and Prof. Paul Preston and it will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre and Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB, UK - click here for Google Maps directions.…Read more Len Chrome Memorial Lecture – Sat 2 March, Manchester
So, we didn’t only have Orwell Day we ended up having Orwell Week too - and a veritable embarrassment of riches about the man and his work, including a few rare extracts that helped remind us that, when it comes to discussions about his legacy, sometimes it’s best just to let Eric Blair speak up on his own behalf. That’s certainly a governing rationale with Radio 4’s The Real George Orwell season, which began simply enough with a useful batch of new adaptations, including Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia.
Orwell would have been at home in the blogosphere. Indeed, he might even be considered a protoblogger. Take a look at those 80 wonderful ‘As I Please’ columns he contributed to Tribune between 1943 and 1947 and see the amazingly close relationship he instinctively established with his readers...
It’s little known, I suspect, that Orwell in his youth tried his hand at writing plays and that may be one reason why his drama criticism shows a surprising measure of acuity and confidence in pronouncing about theatre. He was no Kenneth Tynan but his writings about the stage stand the test of time remarkably well.
At his first arrest he has said that he will never know any peace again “till the day I die”, and it turns out to be true. Under the influence of torture, loneliness, fear and drugs he can feel his mind giving way. Sooner or later the Gestapo will break him down and he will become an informer. So he shoots himself, just in time, and perhaps regains his good name by doing so.