Sat, 10 Feb 2018, 19:30
Epicentre, Leytonstone, London, Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, London, E11 4LJ
As part of the News from Nowhere Club
George Orwell was a lifelong socialist. As far as he was concerned, socialism was involved in the achievement of a democratic classless society, a society in which the rich had been altogether dispossessed. His experiences in Spain in the 1930s convinced him that this would require a revolution and he held to this belief through the Second World War, even hoping that the Attlee government might go down a revolutionary road. This talk examines the trajectory of his political thinking and his changing attitudes towards the Labour Party. John Newsinger is Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University and the author of several books, including the graphic novel, 1917: The Red Year. He is co-editor of the journal George Orwell Studies and has a new book on Orwell, Hope Lies in the Proles: Orwell and the Left, coming out in March 2018.