1984: MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER?

Date
23-05-2019
Time
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Venue
Assembly Rooms
Price
£10 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

Doublethink, Newspeak and The Thought Police: do we live in the world that Orwell predicted? Considering the book’s powerful cultural and political relevance 70 years after publication are journalist and author Dorian Lynskey (The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984), Observer associate editor Robert McCrum and director of The Orwell Foundation Professor Jean Seaton. They talk to James Long.

About the Authors

Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for the Guardian and Observer as well as magazines including Q, GQ and Mojo.

Robert McCrum was born and educated in Cambridge. For nearly 20 years he was editor-in-chief of the publishers Faber & Faber, and then literary editor of the Observer from 1996 to 2008. He is now an associate editor of the Observer. He is the author of Every Third Thought, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life (2004), six novels, and the co-author of the international bestseller, The Story of English (1986).

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and the Official Historian of the BBC. Jean became Director of The Orwell Foundation (then, The Orwell Prize) in 2007, taking over from Sir Bernard Crick. Under her stewardship the prize has become Britain’s premier prize for political writing, celebrating honest writing and reporting, confronting uncomfortable truths and uncovering hidden voices. She is the author of Carnage and the Media: the Making and Breaking of News about Violence (Penguin, 2005), with James Curran, Power without Responsibility: the Press and Broadcasting in Britain (8th edition, 2014) and Pinkoes and Traitors: the BBC and the nation, 1974-1987 (2015), serves on the board of the journal The Political Quarterly and is a founding member of several active media NGOs, including Full Fact and the Reuters Institute. She broadcasts regularly on historical, political and cultural matters, including Orwell and his legacy.