Friday 18 March 2011
We’ve got lots of exciting new Orwelliana for you this week.
First, while Orwell writes about Barnsley (and goes to hear a speech by Oswald Mosley) in the Wigan Pier diary, we’ve now added Orwell’s notes on Barnsley to our website. We’ve previously published his research on WiganSheffield, and some related images from the archive.
Second, last Friday we added ‘Inside the Whale’ to our site, first published in March 1940 in an essay collection of the same name. The two other essays in that collection were ‘Charles Dickens’ and ‘Boys’ Weeklies’, both of which can now be found on our website.
And finally, you can read about Orwell’s first experience as an ‘amateur tramp’ – at the age of 17. Stuck at a railway station without a train to catch, young Eric Blair is forced to choose between shelter and no food, or food and sleeping rough. ‘I am very proud of this adventure, but I would not repeat it’, writes Orwell to his friend, Steven Runciman.
The Orwell Prize 2011
This year’s longlists will be announced in under a fortnight’s time, on 30th March 2011.
To see a full list of this year’s record-breaking 213 entries for the Book Prize, 87 journalists for the Journalism Prize and 205 bloggers for the Blog Prize, visit our website.
Orwell Prize at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2011
We have three events coming up at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival – click the links to find out more and book:
- Sunday 3rd April, 4pm: Orwell vs Kipling with Charles Allen, Paul Anderson, Sarah Bakewell
- Tuesday 5th April, 10am: Comedy and the Coalition with Martin Rowson
- Tuesday 5th April, noon: Does it make a difference who funds the arts? With Sir Mark Jones (V&A), chaired by Will Gompertz
More speakers to be confirmed shortly…
From the archive
With previous winner, Raja Shehadeh, writing one of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Letters to the Arab World’ this week, it would be a good time to revisit some of our archive on him. We have extracts from his winning Palestinian Walks, public appearances (including the Edinburgh Festival) and two items with shortlisted Marina Lewycka: a talk at the Edinburgh Book Fringe, and an article called ‘Two Walks’ after they walked together in Palestine and the Peak District.
There was some controversy in the UK this week about the popular TV show, Midsomer Murders, which caused some people to reach for Orwell’s classic essay on the ‘Decline of the English Murder’. You can read the essay on our website.
On the web this week:
- Orwell biographer, D. J. Taylor, mentions Orwell as he writes about H. G. Wells, following a David Lodge essay
- BBC journalist, Alan Johnston, tells BBC Radio 3 that the book that changed him was Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia
- Julian Barnes was awarded the David Cohen Prize last night – here he is at the New York Review of Books with ‘Such, such was Eric Blair’
The Wigan Pier Diaries
This week, entries were published on 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th March.
Next week, entries will be published on 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and – the final entry – 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.
The Wartime Diaries
This week, entries were published on 14th March.