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
- 22 November 2022
- 15 November 2022
- 21 October 2022
The Orwell Prizes 2023 are now open! There are *five* categories in addition to the @OrwellYouthPriz, including our new Prize for Reporting Homelessness. Judges, rules and entry details are available on our website. We're looking forward to your entries. orwellfoundation.com/the-orwe… pic.twitter.com/7LuU66Kzwu
The Orwell Memorial Lecture 2022
Tuesday 06 December 202219:00
Lisa Nandy MP delivers this year's Orwell Memorial Lecture: "Wigan, the World and Everywhere in Between"
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.