- Stephen Armstrong (journalist and broadcaster, author of the forthcoming The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited)
- Beatrix Campbell (journalist, broadcaster and playwright, author of Wigan Pier Revisited)
- Paul Mason (author, economics editor of BBC Newsnight, part of the Newsnight team awarded a Special Orwell Prize in 2007, twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Blogs)
- Chaired by D. J. Taylor (novelist, critic and biographer, winner of the Whitbread Biography Prize for George Orwell: The Life, books include Booker-longlisted Derby Day)
A classic of reportage, Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and the experiences which featured in it were critical in the development of his political views and commitment to democratic socialism. Our panellists make the journey back to the 1930s, and recount their own experiences of following in Orwell’s footsteps, accompanied along the way by Orwell biographer, D. J. Taylor.