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
The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023: Deadline Extension16 March 2023
West-Mids students to come together for a unique day of journalism and creative writing workshops1 March 2023
Who's in control? Sunderland students to take part in new Orwell Youth Prize Regional Hub26 January 2023
David Pearson’s 'redacted' cover design "was judged to be the best book design to have won an ABCD award in its decade-long history". Congratulations David! thebookseller.com/news/pearso…
More events coming soon...
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
Sponsors & Partners
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.