Writer’s fa­mous jour­ney recre­ated for 21st cen­tury

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

WRITER Ge­orge Or­well’s fa­mous jour­ney across Eng­land is be­ing recre­ated 80 years on.

In 1937, ‘The Road to Wi­gan Pier’ - which in­cluded a trip through Mac­cles­field - shocked the coun­try with its de­pic­tion of poverty in the north. Dur­ing his trip, Or­well at­tempted to live on work­ing men’s wages as he trav­elled from Birm­ing­ham to Stoke-on-Trent, also cov­er­ing Leeds and Liver­pool. Or­well even walked the 11 miles from Rud­yard Lake into Mac­cles­field where he got a bus to Manch­ester.

Now a project is un­der­way to re­trace Or­well’s route us­ing 21st-cen­tury tech­nol­ogy.

Through a special anniversary web­site – mir­ror.co.uk/wigan­pier2017 – it aims to tell the hu­man sto­ries be­hind the hous­ing cri­sis, wel­fare cuts, the ‘gig econ­omy’, refugee cri­sis and Brexit Bri­tain, and take you be­hind the doors of food­banks, home­less shel­ters, fac­to­ries, churches, mosques, syn­a­gogues, schools, col­leges and so­cial hous­ing.

If you have a story to share, get in touch via wigan­pier@trin­i­tymir­ror. com, tweet at @wigan­pier2017, or write to the Wi­gan Pier Project, Daily Mir­ror, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5AP.

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