2012 Longlists Announced

Friday 30 March 2012

The much anticipated longlists for the Orwell Prize 2012 were announced on Wednesday. Read the full list of 18 longlisted books here Read the full list of 12 longlisted journalists here Read the full list of 18 longlisted bloggers here, along with links to their blogposts The Orwell Prize was trending in the UK on twitter as the longlists were being announced – giving an indication of how much interest and anticipation there was around the country. For those interested in the judging process, one of our blogging judges, Hopi Sen, wrote a fascinating piece on his blog.

Orwell at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival this weekend

This weekend we’ll be at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival for a fifth year with three events. Click the links to find out more, to book and to read relevant Orwell essays:

  • Politics and the Press, 4pm, Sunday 1 April: Gaby Hinsliff, Martin Moore, Lance Price chaired by Jean Seaton

In honour of the 75th anniversary we will be celebrating in Oxford this weekend you can read more about Orwell’s works The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia on our website

From elsewhere

– This week The Big Issue magazine featured a cover piece entitled, What would Orwell say? examining the British north-south divide 75 years after the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier – Our 2012 longlist announcement was covered by a number of major news outlets, including: The BBC, Guardian, and Huffington Post.

The wartime diaries

This week’s entry was published on 27th March 1942. Next week’s entries will be published on 1st, 3rd and 6th April 1942. Don’t forget our other Orwell Diary blogs: his Hop-Picking Diary and The Road to Wigan Pier Diary. If you’ve got any suggestions about our website(s), we’d love to hear from you – email us on katriona.lewis@mediastandardstrust.org or follow us on Twitter.