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Give £10 to the 'Buy a book for Burma' appeal to send a George Orwell classic to the very first Burmese literary festival. You can specify which title - Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm or Burmese Days - in your comment. 

Burma was George Orwell's first formative experience beyond Britain; it made him, it haunted him, and he died thinking of writing another novel based on it. In 1922 he had gone to Burma as a police officer in the British Imperial Service. It was the terrible contradictions of imperial power and its injustices he was able to identify that gave him his first political and literary voice. He stayed five years and wrote 'The Hanging' and 'Shooting an Elephant'. Burma was the inspiration for Orwell's first novel, Burmese Days . 

The Orwell Prize rewards writing, journalism that best represents Orwell's ambition, 'to make political writing into an art'. The prize has also developed around the themes that Orwell provides: censorship, the role of imagination, the value of proper reporting and a fearless pursuit of truthfulness. We have developed Orwell's work in Burma into a series of panels about contemporary Burma. The 2010 prize launched on the debate, 'What next for Burma?' Including politicians and activists, we longlisted Emma Larkin, a prominent writer on Burma, for her book Everything is Broken and we discussed and screened Burma VJ.

In February 2013 we are delighted to be taking the prize to the Irrawaddy Literary Festival – the very first english language literary festival in Burma. We will run debates with local writers and journalists, and take prize winners and discussions to the festival. The festival’s patron, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, says:
“Literature has always been a big part of my life and I hope this festival, which brings together some of the finest talent from Burma, the UK and elsewhere will encourage more people to explore the world of literature and further their understanding of the English language.”. 

 

 

Raising money for

Media Standards Trust

Media Standards Trust

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The Media Standards Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to find ways to foster the highest standards of excellence in news journalism on behalf of the public, and ensure public trust in news is nurtured.

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Animal Farm, please. Good luck with the festival.

Donation by Michael and Annette Shain on 25/01/13

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Animal Farm, please

Donation by Grania and Andrew Brock on 25/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I don't mind which book -- whichever is or would be the most sought-after and enjoyed by Burmese people, please. Tze-zu-tim-bah-deh.

Donation by Ruth Ling on 25/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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I choose Burmese Days. A great cause. All the best for the festival!

Donation by Kate Whitehead on 24/01/13

HK$200.00

Burmese Days please. And let's hope for democratic socialism in Burma.

Donation by Michael McEvoy on 18/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Happy to contribute. Good luck.

Donation by Hilary Stonefrost on 11/01/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Bryan Stevens on 19/12/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Delighted to contribute to this venture. Wishing you every success.

Donation by Anne Hill on 14/12/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck with the festival - I'd like my donation to go to copies of '1984'. Adam.

Donation by Adam Curtis on 07/12/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I have been reading and admiring Orwell since university days. this is a wonderful tribute!

Donation by maija kagis on 02/12/12

$31.62

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We wish you all the best of luck

Donation by Sue & Michael on 01/12/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Jan King on 30/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck with the festival ! My choice is Animal Farm.

Donation by mark everett on 23/11/12

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Happy to donate to this very worthwhile project.

Donation by John and Chris Woulds on 16/11/12

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A wonderful idea; good luck to the Festival. I'd like to choose '1984'.

Donation by Jenny Blackburn on 13/11/12

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Good luck to the Festival! Our choice is Animal Farm Jackie and Stephen Benson

Donation by Jacqueline Benson on 13/11/12

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delighted to help. The book I'd like to give is Animal Farm.

Donation by Patrick Barwise on 12/11/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Gavin Freeguard on 04/11/12

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We owe it to ourselves to read Orwell's books. What a pleasure to help!

Donation by Guy Woodward on 02/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/11/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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On behalf of John Flory.

Donation by Peter Cordwell on 29/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by julia jones on 27/10/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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A great cause!

Donation by Ariane Bankes on 26/10/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Lucia Clayton on 26/10/12

£50.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 25/10/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£856.19
  • Offline donations£40.00
  • Text donations£10.00
  • Total raised£906.19
  • Gift Aid£178.75

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