26 Apr, Thu, 8pm
Blue Room, Festival House
(1h 30m, no intermission)
Free with registration
Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons. Limited walk-in spaces are available at the venue.
Dr Gwee Li Sui will lead discussions on George Orwell’s seminal novel, 1984.
Singapore poet, graphic artist and literary critic Dr Gwee Li Sui leads a thought-provoking discussion on George Orwell’s magnum opus, 1984. Published over half a century ago in 1949, the cautionary tale about state surveillance and big government has never went out of style, in fact enjoying a recent renaissance on bestselling lists driven by growing concerns over fake news proliferation, online data privacy, and the global rise of strongmen politicians.
Orwell’s ground-breaking story is a fictional metaphor with an outsized influence, with numerous references from the dystopian tale now in mainstream lexicon: “big brother” used to describe authoritarian behaviour; “doublespeak” a synonym for deceptive, euphemistic language. And surpassing these, “Orwellian” — an adjective derived from the English novelist’s last name — immediately brings to mind the absolute authority described in the world of 1984.
Join Dr Gwee as he journeys with you into this Orwellian world. Limited spaces, so register early for this stimulating discussion.