Here are details of the launch of the Orwell Prize which you are all invited to attend at the Frontline CLub.  The event is themed around Burma (and the link is of course Orwell's work Burmese Days written from his experience in the Burmese police) so should be very interesting. It is also well worth visiting the Frontline Club if you have never been there - and this is an opportunity to get in for free because most of their events are rather costly. However do remember to RSVP below if you are interested in attending.


Dear Suzanne,
We would very much like to invite you to the launch of this year’s Orwell Prize at the Frontline Club, London, from 5.30pm on Thursday 29th October. The theme for a whole evening of events will be ‘What next for Burma?’, marking the 75th anniversary of Orwell’s Burmese Days.
The evening will run as follows:
5.30     Doors open
5.45     Discussion: Question and answer session with Andrew Mitchell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
6.15     Drinks
6.40     Launch: Opening of submissions for the Orwell Prize 2010, and announcement of judges for the Book Prize, Journalism Prize and Blog Prize, by Professor Jean Seaton, Director of the Prize
6.50     Drama: Alan Cox, An Incident in Rangoon – exclusive adaptation from Orwell’s sketches for Burmese Days by Dominic Cavendish
7.00     Discussion: What next for Burma? with Dr Michael Charney (Senior Lecturer in the History of South East Asia, SOAS), Derek Tonkin (Chairman of Network Myanmar, former British ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos), others tbc
We have also reserved some tables in the Frontline restaurant after the event, should people want to buy dinner. Let me know if you might be interested in staying.
Please email me if you are able to make any part of the evening, and do feel free to pass on the invitation to friends and colleagues (though RSVP to this email address is essential).
We would also be extremely grateful if you could pass the invitation on to your students. If you are unable to make it, the event will be live-streamed via the Frontline Club website,
There is also a selection of work by and about Orwell and Burma available at
Entries for the Orwell Prize 2010 (for all work published in 2009) will remain open until 20th January 2010; full details and entry forms will appear at
Very best wishes



Is anyone else interested in attending? It might not live up to drunk Nick Cohen, but still...

I'll come.

I would definately like to go to this.

Count me in.

Unless anyone else posts before send the e-mail, probably tomorrow.

I've just realised that this clashes with a photojournalism discussion, which I was hoping to go to. I don't really want to go on my own though, so if I can find someone to go with, I'll go to it, if not I'll come with the rest of you.

Just in case people don't know - if you book train tickets in advance on National Rail it's cheaper.

I'm up for going to this.


George Orwell and Burma