The Orwell Foundation is an independent charity. We use Orwell's remarkable legacy to celebrate honest writing and reporting, uncover hidden lives, confront uncomfortable truths, and, through the Orwell Youth Prize, to encourage all young people to think and write creatively and critically.
What We Do
Welcome to the official website of The Orwell Foundation. 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
- 29 November 2021
- 22 November 2021
- 4 November 2021
Fifty letters written by George Orwell to two women, Brenda Salkeld and Eleanor Jaques, who he sought to marry and who became lifelong friends, have been donated by Richard Blair, Orwell's son, to the Orwell Archive at @ucl. Find out more about it below: ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/nov/… pic.twitter.com/GrobepuJS6
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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.