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Tyneside Irish Centre: Sylvia Topp, Remembering Eileen O’Shaughnessy

March 25 @ 19:30 - 21:00

In conjunction with the Orwell Society, we are hosting an in person meeting at the Tyneside Irish Centre, Friday 25 March at 7.30pm when Sylvia Topp will be in conversation with North East History editor, Rosie Serdiville about her recently published biography of Eileen O’Shaughnessy, Eileen: The Making of George Orwell. This meeting will also be livestreamed (see below).

Eileen was born in South Shields in 1905, married George Orwell in 1936 and sadly died in a Newcastle hospital at the relatively young age of forty.

Sylvia Topp has worked in publishing since college, starting as a copy writer on medical journals, then moving to freelancing editing at a major literary publishing houses. 

She was the long-time wife and partner of Tuli Kupferberg, a Beat poet who later was a co-founder, in 1964, of the Fugs, a legendary rock and roll band. Together Sylvia and Tuli wrote, edited, and designed over thirty books and magazines, including As They Were, 1001 Ways to Live Without Working, and Yeah! magazine.

Sylvia joined the staff at The Soho Weekly News and later The Village Voice, before finishing her publishing career at Vanity FairEileen is her first book. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. 

The meeting will be livestreamed. 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 25, 2022 07:30 PM London
Topic: Eileen: A Life – a conversation with Sylvia Topp

Register in advance for this webinar:

This is part of a visit by members of the Orwell Society who will be on Tyneside from 25 to 27 March to commemorate the life of Eileen O’Shaughnessy.


March 25
19:30 - 21:00


Tyneside Irish Centre
43 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
0191 261 0384