Our guide, Richard Hallmark, who lives in Paris over the last decade has pursued his prior interest in Orwell for a good number of years. He founded the first George Orwell Festival, in Letchworth and Wallington, which was received enthusiastically, in 2011 and 2012, and then moved to Paris where he continues his interest researching into Orwell’s connections and activities in France.
A book is in preparation. Despite the vast amount that has been written about Orwell, there is still something important to be said.
He is also a member of the Orwell Society.
And who are the walkers – who has been interested to walk the walk “George Orwell in Paris” ?
Walkers have been locals living in Paris, both French and of other nationalities, and people from other countries staying in Paris temporarily, as resident or visitors, from around the globe, including Australia, China, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States ….
Not to mention journalists, writers (including some who have published authoritative books about George Orwell), teachers, student (mid-teens upward). The walk lasts around 2 to 2 and a half hours, but at a gentle pace, and numerous stops to look, listen, ask, enjoy a reading of an extract…
so a reasonable level of mobility is required. No steps except the usual street kerbs have to be negotiated, but some of the roads are on quite steep incline.
The language of the walk is English, though some assistance may be given to French speakers.
Upon prior request some material and some readings may be given in French.