Barnhill: Orwell’s struggle to get 1984 from mind to manuscript

Barnhill: Orwell’s struggle to get 1984 from mind to manuscript

Scots writer Norman Bissell has brought to life Orwell’s desperate struggle to get his masterpiece from mind to manuscript in a keenly-awaited new novel that takes its name from the Hebridean hideaway where it all came together.

Barnhill covers Orwell’s final years in London, Paris and Jura and the sacrifices he made — most tragically in terms of his health — as he created the dystopian world of Winston Smith and Julia, Big Brother and the Thought Police.

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International writer in residence announcement

International writer in residence announcement

Cape Bretoner Stacey MacLean is joining Islay Book Festival this year as our international writer in residence working in Scottish Gaelic. Stacey will be working on creative projects with our schools and will also be bringing a bit of Cape Breton flair to this year’s festival as we celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages!

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