My Father - the Legacy of George Orwell
Friday 30 August
Venue: St Mary in the Castle
17.30 to 18.30
Tickets: £12.00, students £8.00.
Orwell’s son Richard Blair discusses his father’s literary achievements and his lasting impact on our view of the 20th Century and beyond.
George Orwell is one of the world’s most influential writers, the visionary author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and his eyewitness, non-fiction classics Down and Out in Paris in London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
His adoptive son, Richard, was born in 1944 and became an engineer. After a career in the agricultural industry, he became increasingly involved with the Orwell Prize and Orwell Youth Prize, now called the Orwell Foundation. In 2011 he became Patron of the Orwell Society, and now talks on the legacy of his famous father.
George Orwell was born Eric Blair in India in 1903 into a ‘lower-upper-middle class’ family and a father who served the British Empire (Orwell’s own first job was as a policeman in Burma).
By the time of Orwell’s death in 1950 he was world-renowned as a journalist and author: for his eyewitness reporting on war and poverty, and for his political and cultural commentary, where he stood up to power and said the unsayable (‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear’); and for his fiction, including two of the greatest novels ever written: Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. His clear writing and political purpose have inspired and influenced countless journalists, authors and others, of all political persuasions and none, in the generations since.