Buxton Festival Next Wednesday

Friday 08 July 2011

A quick reminder that we’ll be at the Buxton Festival next Wednesday, asking the question ‘is politics corrupted by corrupted language?’, at 10.30am. Tickets are available from the Festival website.

The event is being held in the 65th anniversary year of Orwell’s famous essay, ‘Politics and the English Language’, and answering the question will be Nick Cohen (journalist and author, previously shortlisted for What’s Left? and longlisted for Waiting for the Etonians), Linda Grant (Orange Prize-winning and Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist, books include the recent We Had It So Good) and Matthew Parris (journalist and former MP, winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2005, previously shortlisted for Chance Witness). Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust (one of our partners), will be in the chair.

Johann Hari

You may be aware of allegations made about the winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2008, Johann Hari. We made a statement about this last week, which you can read on our website.

From the archive and elsewhere

The Wartime Diaries

Over the last two weeks, entries were published on 30th June and 3rd and 6th July. The next entry will be published on 28th August.

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 gavin.freeguard@mediastandardstrust.org or follow us on Twitter. And you can subscribe to this newsletter via email.