Orwell's Son on Life on a Remote Island as Father Writes 1984

Ref: C2343142

Richard Blair, the son of George Orwell, one of the most celebrated authors of the last century, is to be interviewed by Richard Lance Keeble. With 2020 marking the 70th anniversary of the death of Orwell, aged just 46, Richard Blair, who was adopted in 1944, will talk about the extraordinary life of his father, author of Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Richard Keeble is Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, the author of four books on Orwell and chair of the Orwell Society. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged.

Course aim

Richard Blair, George Orwell's son, in conversation with professor Keeble, Chair of the Orwell Society, about the time he spent with his father on the remote Scottish island of Jura as he writing his dystopian masterpiece. Nineteen Eighty - four.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Increased understanding of writings of Orwell's life and writings
  • Explanation of major themes in novel 1984
  • Providing insights from the primary source of Orwell's son

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Orwell's Son on Life on a Remote Island as Father Writes 1984

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