On 6 June, 2017, for the first time in the UK, members of the public will hear a live, start-to-finish reading of 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 in Senate House, University of London.
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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 has become perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, recently becoming a bestseller again. This unique event, organised by The Orwell Foundation and part of the UCL Festival of Culture, offers the opportunity to hear Orwell’s seminal work read aloud in the building which inspired the literary world’s most fearsome (fictional) building.