|1984 Global Community Study||Kentish Town||2.5 hours||09 and 30 October||7:30-10 PM|
PLEASE NOTE: WE’VE ADDED A SECOND STUDY OF NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, TO BE HELD 30 OCTOBER. TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT US USING THE LINKS BELOW.
This October, the London Literary Salon is excited to be participating in One Book, Many Conversations project, an international reading and discussion of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. During the week of 9-15 October, community discussions of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four will be taking place across North America and here in London. In Kentish Town on 9 October, we at the London Literary Salon will be offering a Salon study (a text based, facilitated discussion) that is free of charge and open to the public. Early sign-ups for this date have been strong, and we expect to add a second study when we reach capacity.
We think this is a significant moment for people all over the world to re-read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and consider how the control of language and information can result in a loss of democracy and individual freedoms.
On Monday evening 9 October, in Kentish Town, the London Literary Salon will offer a special discussion of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Our discussion is free of charge, but prior registration is required.
This special Salon study is part of an international discussion project called One Book, Many Conversations. The project’s organizers have chosen Orwell’s 1984 as the text for this inaugural event because of the spontaneous, organic wave of interest that current events have sparked in the novel.
Orwell’s book, like all texts and ideas that endure the test of time, is complex, and raises a broad and powerful range of questions. They include the nature of citizenship, the sources of power, and what it takes to be a leader, to be courageous, and to love another human being. These themes are broad, common to the human experience, and cross all partisan boundaries.
Like the organizers of One Book, Many Conversations, we at the Salon believe that conversation lies at the core of a democracy. The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us, and to come together and share our many perspectives is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society. Discussions grounded in a book can be particularly fertile for productive exchanges—giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas.
The madness of politics in the UK and the USA underscores the importance of language. Even with the most audacious spin doctors and a crowd desperate to believe in him as their saviour, Trump’s language continues to implicate him. His tweets and unscripted pronouncements reveal his white supremacist roots—and words cannot be erased with desperate re-phrasing or ‘it was just a joke!’ codicil. Words matter. All over the globe, people are paying attention to what is being said—and what is submerged just below. This is significant reading—a critical contemplation that shows how we expose ourselves even through the careful artifice of speech. George Orwell understood the importance of language—in propaganda, in the framing of history—to our very existence in a democratic society.
We hope you will join us on 9 October. Our discussion will run from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. We will be meeting at Saint Espresso Café. To register, please contact us by email and we will provide you further info.