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Bristol Great Reading Adventure 2019: 1984

6th August 2019

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of this seminal and ever-timely work, Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP) are running one of its popular Great Reading Adventures, a citywide community-focussed cultural initiative aimed to bring people together and raise standards of literacy by encouraging everyone in Bristol to read the same book at the same time.

Bristol Great Reading Adventure 2019: 1984

Published in 1949, and written while Orwell was seriously ill with tuberculosis, 1984 is perhaps Orwell’s most famous work. The story of Winston Smith, who rewrites Times editorials at the Ministry of Truth to suit the Party’s version of events, 1984 introduced ‘Big Brother’, ‘thought police’, ‘Room 101’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘newspeak’ to the English language. A satire on totalitarianism, 1984 is a testament to the potential power of modern political systems, and the dark side of human nature: as O’Brien tells Winston, ‘the object of power is power’. In recent years, the book has seen a resurgence in popularity and readership.

Coinciding with the third Festival of the Future City (16-18 October), we are distributing 750 copies of 1984 around the city. Join in this year’s Great Reading Adventure and purchase copies for your employees, stakeholders and community:

10 books: £50 (+ postage); 40 books: £180 (+ postage);

20 books: £95 (+ postage); 50 books: £225 (+ postage);

30 books: £140 (+ postage); 50+ books: £4.50 per book (+ postage);

There will be other special events held in the city to coincide with the anniversary:

Staged readings of the book in locations across the city, with readers drawn from across communities. A pamphlet of essays responding to 1984 and exploring the themes is raises for us today.

A screening of the classic film of 1984 starring John Hurt and directed by Michael Radford, followed by a Q&A with Michael and producer Simon Perry and a conversation about the influence of 1984 with artist Jake Chapman.

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