In his lecture, titled ‘I’ve read all the academic texts on empathy’, Grayson Perry will give an artist’s view on our emotions around politics and identity.
He said: “I am an artist and I am a great believer in the power of culture to communicate in ways that are particular to the arts, a more holistic style of relaying information that talks not only to the intellect but the heart, body and soul as well.
“We need to harness and grow this power as a force for good, a force that can bind us in deep and lovely ways we did not even know were happening.”
The Orwell Foundation’s flagship lecture – which has attracted notable speakers including Ian Hislop (2016), Dr Rowan Williams (2015) and University of Sheffield alumna Dame Hilary Mantel – has been given annually since 1989, originally in Birkbeck and Sheffield, but has recently been held solely in London.
From next month there will be two Orwell lectures – the established Orwell Lecture given in London and a new Orwell Lecture in the North, which will take place in Sheffield.
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