The Orwell Lecture was established by Professor Sir Bernard Crick – founder of the Orwell Prize – and has been held annually since 1989. Originally held at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sheffield, the Lecture is now held at UCL each autumn.
Ian Hislop is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He was educated at Ardingly College and Magdalen College, Oxford. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986. He is probably best known for his role as a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You.