Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four Today

Jake Chapman, Sarah Ditum, Dorian Lynskey, Jean Seaton and Ece Temelkuran

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2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the first publication of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. It’s a book that is as relevant today as when first published, covering as it does totalitarianism; fake news; the suppression of dissent and freedom; two-minute hate (the equivalent of online mobs and ‘lock her up’ chants); Big Brother and surveillance; doublethink; social media spying; strong men in power where tyrannies rule. The growth of populism, nationalism and fears for the future of democracy are often seen as Orwellian. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a book that has lost none of its power and remains full of ideas about the way we live, work, learn and protest today. It’s a guide for troubled times.

To debate Orwell, the meaning and importance of Nineteen Eighty-Four today – and how we can reject the 1984 nightmare – artist Jake Chapman joins Dorian Lynskey (author of The Ministry of Truth: a Biography of George Orwell’s 1984); Jean Seaton (director of the Orwell Foundation); and Ece Temulkuran (novelist, commentator and author most recently of How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship). Chaired by writer, broadcaster and commentator Sarah Ditum.

This event is part of a citywide reading project on Nineteen Eighty-Four. We’re giving away 1,000 copies of the book in Festival of the Future City. Register on the Nineteen Eighty-Four Reading Project page to be the first to find out about collection points.

Nineteen Eighty-Four Reading Project


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