George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
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Do come about July 14th if that suits you. Try and let me have a week's notice,
so as to arrange about meeting you, as posts here are somewhat infrequent. There
are boats to Jura on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The itinerary is this
(but better check it with the L.M.S. in case any time is altered):-
8am leave Glasgow Central Station for Gourock.
Join boat at Gourock
Arrive East Tarbort about 12 noon
Travel to West Tarbort by bus (runs in conjunction with boat)
Join boat at West Tarbort
Arrive Jura about 3pm.
You can book right from Glasgow, and pay your fare on each boat. Fare Gourock-
Jura is about £1. Bring any food
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you can manage, and bring a towel - you'll need thick boots and a raincoat.
Looking forward to seeing you
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Document Type | Letter
16 June 1946
Orwell's detailed instructions to Heppenstall give a sense of how remote Jura was. His advice to bring a raincoat and thick boots also indicates both the rainy climate of the island and the basic state of the roads around Barnhill.
Read the reply to this letter.
The name Jura is derived from the Norse word for 'deer'. The island currently has over 6,000 deer but fewer than 200 people inhabiting it. It still only has one road, on the east coast of the island. Jura is known for its rugged scenery, including 'paps' of volcanic-looking quartzite, and its wildlife, such as otters, seals and many varieties of birds.
George Orwell is recommended for employment.
A glowing reference for George Orwell.
Eric Blair discusses writing as George Orwell.
George Orwell invites TS Eliot to contribute a reading.
The Assistant Controller appreciates the propaganda advantage of Orwell's name.
Is George Orwell's voice suitable for broadcasting?
An invitation to comment on social changes in wartime Britain.
Orwell asserts his preference for the truth.
An exceptional testimonial for staff member 9889.
George Orwell submits his resignation from the BBC.
LF Rushbrook Williams ponders George Orwell's resignation.
The BBC regrets the loss of Orwell from its employment.
George Orwell writes about moving to the remote island of Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall asks what provisions to bring to Orwell on Jura.
George Orwell gives directions on how to get to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries about what to bring and getting to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall pulls out of visiting George Orwell on Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries that he has offended George Orwell.
George Orwell describes life on Jura.
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