Friday 10 June 2011
Welcome back, after a few weeks away – including a trip to the first ever Orwell in Asia conference, organised by Tunghai University in Taiwan (more on that soon).
This Sunday 12th June will be the 72nd anniversary of Coming Up for Air’s publication: first chapter and much more on our Coming Up for Air page.
Awards Ceremony 2011
Full video of this year’s Orwell Prize awards ceremony – including some wonderful speeches from judge Martin Bright, winners Jenni Russell and Graeme Archer, and Elizabeth Bingham (widow of Book Prize winner Tom Bingham) – can now be found on our YouTube Channel.
From the archive
‘Benefit of Clergy’ is Orwell’s comment on Salvador Dali’s autobiography, his life and work and the relationship between artist and human being.
- Orwell biographer Gordon Bowker has just had his new biography of James Joyce published – it’s BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week next week
- Another anniversary this week – Thursday marked 75 years since Orwell married Eileen O’Shaughnessy. DJ Taylor and Jean Seaton discussed Orwell’s women on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour two years ago
- Homage to Catalonia made Guardian Travel’s list of their top ten books on Barcelona. First chapter and more on our site
- Orwell Prize for Blogs winner, Graeme Archer, is now writing for the Saturday Telegraph – his most recent piece was on ‘new-fangled, evidence-based politics’
- Former UK prime minister Tony Blair this week referred to another former UK prime minister, John Major, quoting Orwell (£). You can read Orwell’s ‘England Your England’, the first section of ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’, on our site
- Orwell’s old pub landlady discussed her memories of ‘perfect gentleman’, Mr Blair
- Writer and independent bookseller Jen Campbell’s ‘Weird things customers say in bookshops’ is proving popular online – the latest instalment features Orwell, and you can read his own bookselling reminiscences in ‘Bookshop Memories’
- One of our former interns, Mark Jervis, is aiming to turn The Road to Wigan Pier on its head, by travelling across the south of England – more on his project at The Road to Brighton Pier
The wartime diaries
Over the last few weeks, entries were published on 21st, 24th, 25th and 31st May, and 1st, 3rd and 8th June. Over the next week, entries will be published on 14th June.
The Wigan Pier diaries
The final entry was published on 25th March. In addition to the blog, we have a Google Map tracking Orwell’s journey, a flickr set of archive images, and our page on The Road to Wigan Pier, with the first chapter and other links. If you’ve got any suggestions about our website(s), we’d love to hear from you – email us on email@example.com or follow us on Twitter. And you can subscribe to this newsletter via email.