Welcome to the official website of the Orwell Foundation. We use the work of the author and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950) to celebrate honest writing and reporting, uncover hidden lives, confront uncomfortable truths and encourage all young people to write and think creatively and critically.
What We Do
From the corruption of truth to pervasive new technologies, and from poverty and inequality to the rise of political extremism, George Orwell's concerns are as relevant to the twenty-first century as they were to the circumstances in which his great novels were conceived. Through our prizes, events, workshops and resources, the Orwell Foundation aims to offer a platform for debate and discussion designed to appeal to the widest possible public audience, connecting with everyone to whom George Orwell and his writings are a source of inspiration.
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News and events
Finalists announced for the 2023 Orwell Prizes11 May 2023
Succession’s Jesse Armstrong and acclaimed journalist Gary Younge headline Orwell Festival 202325 April 2023
Help keep Orwell's legacy alive as a Friend or Patron19 April 2023
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George Orwell’s Hampstead
Sunday 11 June 202311:45
Explore George Orwell’s Hampstead in this walk through the North London suburb where he wrote his early novels, and met his wife Eileen.
Together with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), we are delivering the Unreported Britain project as one part of the work of the new JRF-sponsored Prize The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.
As the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we publish a wide range of resources by and about George Orwell, including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog, Orwell's most popular essays and a library of links to external and exclusive content.Selected examples
- George Orwell: 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer'
- Gordon Bowker: Orwell’s Library
- Julio Etchart: Burmese Days Revisited (2009)
Popular Orwell books
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The Orwell Foundation is extremely grateful to its sponsors and partners. If you would like to find out more about supporting the Foundation, please contact us.