George Orwell's classic books wing their way to Burma
The Arts Diary
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 25 January 2013
Hundreds of copies of George Orwell's novels will imminently wing their way to Burma for the opening of the inaugural Burma International Literary Festival on 1 February, which will feature readings from former prisoners of war.
Katriona Lewis, from the George Orwell Prize, which is supporting the festival and running panel events on the freedom of expression, says they'll be giving away copies of three Orwell classics – Animal Farm, 1984 and Burmese Days.
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