This October, the NW5-based London Literary Salon is participating in the One Book, Many Conversations project, an international reading and discussion of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
During the week of 9th-15th October, community discussions of Orwell’s timeless text will be taking place across North America and here in London. In Kentish Town (9th Oct) the London Literary Salon will be offering a study that’s free of charge and open to the public. Early sign-ups for this date have been strong, say the organisers, and they expect to add a second study when they reach capacity.
The current political situation in the UK and the US demonstrate the importance of words. They cannot be treated as vacuous utterances, ignorantly conjured up, butchered down to 140 characters, ready to be recklessly flung out and, soon after, swiftly dismissed with a prod on ‘delete.’
“George Orwell understood the importance of language — in propaganda, in the framing of history — to our very existence in a democratic society,” she says.