1984 at 70 – How has Orwell’s vision aged?

When: 28 September 12-2pm
Where: Festival Marquee, 11 N Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9HN
Tickets: Standard ticket £8 via Wigtown Book Festival

It is 70 years since George Orwell published 1984. So how do our political and personal landscapes today compare to Orwell’s dystopia? And can the book shed light on today’s data-driven security and surveillance society?

Panel

Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth, an acclaimed new biography of 1984

Award-winning foreign affairs writer David Pratt

Julia Farrington, associate arts producer, Index on Censorship

Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship

Chaired by Magnus Linklater

This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British Library, English PEN, Free Word, Hachette UK, Index on Censorship, Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Service, Libraries Connected and The Publisher’s Association.

When: 28 September 12-2pm
Where: Festival Marquee, 11 N Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9HN
Tickets: Standard ticket £8 via Wigtown Book Festival

Banned Books Week / 22-28 Sept 2019

Celebrating our right to read. Banned Books Week UK

Banned Books Week UK is a nationwide campaign for radical readers and rebellious readers of all ages celebrate the freedom to read. Between 22 – 28 September 2019, bookshops, libraries, schools, literary festivals and publishers will be hosting events and making noise about some of the most sordid, subversive, sensational and taboo-busting books around.

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