Orwell: Spain and the road to 1984

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Events that influenced George Orwell to write the classic novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’

A Talk by Ron Bateman (The Orwell Society)

Thursday 6th March 2014 – 7.00pm Central Library, 2nd Floor Reading Room

In a letter of June 1937 when he was preparing to leave war-torn Spain, George Orwell wrote:

“I have seen wonderful things [in Spain] and at last really believe in Socialism, which I never did before.”

Yet by the mid 1940s, within a decade of becoming a revolutionary socialist, Orwell was now attacking the perversions of socialism in work that was not intended to serve as prophesy, but rather as a stark warning to us all.

A Founder Member of the Orwell Society, Ron Bateman discusses the development of Orwell’s final iconic novel and suggests reasons why the author felt compelled to warn us of a possible post-totalitarian nightmare.

Tickets are on sale now: £2.50 or £1.50 (library members). Available from the Ground Floor Help Desk at Central Library or any of the SBC libraries.

For further information: contact Colin Curtis 01793 463782 or email: ccurtis@swindon.gov.uk

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