Thursday 1 December 2016


To mark the launch of the journal George Orwell Studies, a discussion on Orwell’s politics between Richard Blair, Orwell’s son and patron of the Orwell Society, Paul Anderson, Aaaargh! Press author and editor of Orwell in Tribune, and John Newsinger, joint editor of the journal with Richard Lance Keeble (who will chair the meeting). Entry £3. Details here.

Monday 30 May 2016


Charles Shaar Murray and Buffalo Bill Smithwill be playing a late nightblues set at the Ipswich Wolsey Theatre as part of the town’s Pulse Festival.  Admission free, 10.30pm, pay bar.

Friday 13 to Sunday 29 March 2015


Aaaargh! Press authors Anna Chen and Paul Anderson will be appearing at various events hosted by the Bookworm Literary Festival in Chengdu, Suzhou, Ningbo and Beijing. Details here.

Thursday 12 June 2014


Paul Anderson is a speaker at a symposium on George Orwell to mark the 65th anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four at the University of Lincoln. Other speakers include Richard Blair and John Newsinger.

Wednesday 18 June 2014


Writer, poet and broadcaster Anna Chen is coming to Liverpool on the 18 June to celebrate International Festival of Business IFB China Day and to launch The Sound Agents ‘Opera for Chinatown’ public art work in Duke Street. The event will take place in Il Forno restaurant in Duke Street at 4pm. Booking Essential. Anna will be giving a talk on the Chinese diaspora in Britain, doing a poetry reading and signing books.

Wednesday 16 July 2014


Charles Shaar Murray presents Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Fat Freddy’s Cat, the Oz Trial, Felix Dennis, Geoffrey Robertson and Deyan Sujic in July. He writes:

“It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Since I must have done something good in a previous life (or maybe even this one), I was invited by the curators of the British Library’s Comics Unmasked! season to host a pair of back-to-back panels on the evening of 14 July. The second will be cool enough — a retrochatty thing on the OZ Obscenity Trial featuring Felix Dennis (among many other CV items, one of the three editors of the Schoolkids Issue which kicked off the whole hilarious mess), Geoffrey Robertson (distinguished civil rights lawyer who worked on the defence case as a junior to the late John Mortimer) and Deyan Sujic (now a frontline architecture guru but, back in 1970, the sole skinhead member of the OZ Schoolkids posse).I may also be contributing one or two of my own recollections.

“The first, however, will be a rare joint public appearance (arf, etc) by the two most distinguished cartoonists to emerge from the San Francisco underground of the late ’60s: Gilbert Shelton (creator of The Fabulous Furry Freak brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat and Wonder Warthog) and R. Crumb (creator of Mr Natural, Fritz The Cat and — ummmm — R. Crumb). The latter will, we hope, also be sticking around for the OZ panel since it was a culture-jam mash-up of one of his strips with the Daily Express’s Rupert Bear which caused so much of the agg and trubb.

“My answer? You’ve got two guesses, and one of them doesn’t count. The words ‘pleasure’ and ‘privilege’ spring irresistibly to mind.

“(Almost) everything you need to know about this fabulous cultural event can be found here. It’s sold out — quite rightly, too — but it may be worth checking with the organisers to see if there are any available returns you can snaffle.”