George Orwell, Poverty and London

On April 13th 2019 Dr. Luke Seaber from University College London gave an excellent lecture on George Orwell, Poverty and London. Drawing on Orwell’s journey delving into the life of the poor Dr. Seaber explains how Orwell gathered information for his books and how he conducted his research. Below are links to both the presentation (in both Powerpoint and Acrobat formats) and an audio recording of the talk.

Dr Seaber at News From Nowhere Club

Powerpoint slideshow for Dr Luke Seaber’s Talk NfN Orwell talk

Acrobat version of presentation NfN Orwell talk

Podcast of Talk:

Audio Recording of Dr Luke Seaber on Orwell, Poverty and London


George Orwell on Film

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama telling the life story of the British author George Orwell. Chris Langham plays the part of Orwell.

-International Emmy 2004 for Best Arts Programme

-Grierson Award 2004 for Best Documentary on the Arts

Youtube link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6txpumkY5I&t=58s

Running time: 1 hour 28 mins

The Real George Orwell (1/6)

Biographer DJ Taylor profiles Eric Blair for The South Bank Show in 2003.

Youtube links:-

Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Db3-svhC4k Running time: 7 mins

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UChbst-j8 Running time: 9 mins

Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJiJeZGuca8 Running time: 7 mins

Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgCwSyW-jMY&t=26s Running time: 10 mins

Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHETXe8-lbI Running time: 7 mins

Part 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqU-yU8pVa4 Running time: 10 mins

George Orwell: 1984, Quotes, Biography, Books, Early Life, Facts, History, Writing Style (2001)

Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation 01-Oct-2001

Youtube link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWwwhu2OOLA

Running time: 57mins

George Orwell BBC Arena Part 1 – Such, Such Were the Joys

Part 1 of an in-depth 5 part series about George Orwell made in 1983.

Youtube link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3UAZB_6bHI

Running time: 56mins

George Orwell BBC Arena Part 2 – Road to Wigan Pier

Running time: 54mins

George Orwell BBC Arena Part 3 Homage to Catalonia

Running time: 54mins

George Orwell BBC Arena Part 4 The Lion and the Unicorn

Running time: 50mins

George Orwell BBC Arena Part 5 Nineteen Eighty Four

Running time: 53mins

Noam Chomsky on George Orwell, the Suppression of Ideas and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

Running time: 8mins

The politics of George Orwell

Running time: 7mins

Paul Preston: ‘George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War’

Running time: 40mins

LITERATURE – George Orwell

Running time: 14mins

Christopher Hitchens – [~2005] – Why Orwell Matters

Running time: 1 hour 33 mins

Orwell Rolls in his Grave (Full Length 3hr Documentary)

Running time: 3 hours


Saturday 13th April 2019

Orwell, Poverty and London, Speaker: Dr Luke Seaber

Professor John Newsinger is not up to the journey from Bath after all, but we are delighted to welcome another distinguished Orwell scholar instead: Dr Luke Seaber. With a fascination for Orwell, he is the author of two books about him. Luke teaches at University College London.

George Orwell first came to the attention of the wider public with the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London in 1933.  This book has inspired generations with what is seen as its unflinchingly honest portrayal of life amongst the poor, but its story is more complicated than the book’s self-presentation suggests.  This talk will explore the truth behind one of Orwell’s most famous works, exploring his experiences of poverty in and around London and how fact and fiction mix in one of the twentieth century’s most influential pieces of reportage.

We will also show two short films about Orwell: one by Noam Chomsky and one about Orwell’s politics. We will distribute a list of films about Orwell.

7.30 Doors open    8pm Talk    9pm Discussion

Enquiries 0208 555 5248

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