Poverty and Political Blogging – Videos from Cheltenham

Friday 21 October 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed holding events at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival for the first time – and we hope that, via video, you enjoy them too.

You can watch our ‘Victorian Values’ debate, with social historian Jose Harris, author of Chavs Owen Jones and co-author of Jilted Generation Shiv Malik, chaired by Julia Wheeler, on our website and on our YouTube Channel. Our panellists look at the concepts of the deserving and undeserving poor, social mobility, and poverty through the ages – and much more besides – in an excellent hour of discussion.
We also have video of this year’s Orwell Prize for Blogs winner, Graeme Archer, and previously longlisted Oliver Kamm of The Times, in another great conversation about political blogging. Is the left or right better at group blogging? Has blogging’s style ‘infected’ national newspapers? And would preventing anonymous commenting lead to higher quality, polite discussion? Watch Graeme and Oliver to see what they thought.

Orwell Prize 2012 Launch

It’s that time of year again – almost. We’ll be announcing full details of this year’s Orwell Prize launch next week. But you might want to keep 9 November free…

George Orwell Memorial Lecture 2011

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, will be speaking on ‘Hacking away at the truth: an investigation and its consequences’ on 10th November at 6pm. Email events@bbk.ac.uk to book a free place, or visit our website for more information.
The Orwell Lecture is organised by the Orwell Trust with Birkbeck College, University of London.

From the archive

Orwell’s ‘You and the Atom Bomb’ was first published this week in 1945, and is new to our website. The essay imagines a world carved up into three superstates with the threat of nuclear annihilation keeping them in perpetual war – not unlike Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Other notable dates this week include the birth of Samuel Taylor Coleridge – whose Xanadu Orwell considers in his essay, ‘Pleasure Spots’ – and Trafalgar Day, Orwell writing of Trafalgar and patriotism in ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’.

From elsewhere

The Wartime Diaries

The next entry will be published on 14th March.

The Hop-Picking Diaries

The final entry was published on 8th October.

The Wigan Pier Diaries

The final entry was published on 25th March.
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