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1984 LIVE

Join ORG London for a group outing to a live, start-to-finish reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four in Senate House, University of London, organised by The Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture.

As Nineteen Eighty-Four has risen to the top of bestseller charts all over the world, almost 70 years after its publication. Now, two days before the UK General Election and for the first time in the UK, members of the public will hear Nineteen Eighty-Four read by a host of actors, writers, journalists, politicians and members of the public over the course of a single day in the centre of London. This unique event, part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2017, will be free and open to the public. The reading will begin at 9am and end around 10pm.

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four was written in 1948, just before he died of tuberculosis in University College Hospital.  Senate House – where Orwell’s wife worked during the war – provided inspiration for the Ministry of Truth, which Orwell so chillingly depicted in the novel. Nineteen Eighty-Four became perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, recently becoming a bestseller again. This unique event offers the opportunity to hear Orwell’s seminal work read aloud in the building which inspired the literary world’s most fearsome (fictional) building.

The live reading will take place throughout the day however ORG London will be going to the end of the event in the evening - look out for the ORG t-shirts to find us!

Join us afterwards for a drink at the College Arms, all welcome :)

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  • Maggie

    Which building is it at?

    June 6

    • Charlie T.

      its in senate house

      June 6

    • Maggie

      Thank you! I wasn't able to find the group, but I really enjoyed the reading.

      June 6

  • Charlie T.

    we are sitting at the front on the right near the stage (4 rows deep)

    June 6

  • Thomaz P.

    It would be great if you guys could make a LIVE on Periscope or similar for those who are unable to attend. Please, let us know!

    June 5

  • Ro

    thanks for adding this, id like to go too if i manage to make it :)

    1 · May 31

  • Gianfranco C.

    I cannot make it, but it is a great idea. Let's start planning for Adolf Huxley's "Brave New World", too. What we are experiencing these days is a combination of the two worlds.

    1 · May 31

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