Launch 2015: What makes a Political life?

Thursday 23 October 2014 @ 18:00

Winner of the Orwell Prize for Books 2014, Alan Johnson MP, is in conversation with David Davis MP about how politics can shape lives, and how personal histories can shape one’s political values. The debate will be chaired by the director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton.

Alan Johnson is the Labour MP for Kingston Upon Hull West and Hessle, and former Home Secretary. He won the Orwell Prize 2014 for THIS BOY, his autobiographical account of growing up in post-war London.

David Davis is the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden and former Shadow Home Secretary.

The Orwell Prize 2015 will be launched at this debate, including a new prize for ‘Reporting Britain’s Social Evils’, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Further details will be made available.


This event has a limited capacity, so please register here and arrive early to be sure of a seat. We cannot guarantee places. 


6.00pm Drinks

6.30pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2015 and annoucement of judges

6.45pm Debate with Alan Johnson and David Davis