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The Orwell Lecture 2013: Professor Tariq Ramadan

This year’s Orwell Lecture will be given by Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University on ‘Democratising the Middle East: A New Role for the West’ on the evening of Tuesday 12th November. The event will take place at the new venue of University College London.


Last year Christopher Andrew gave an excellent lecture on the secrets of the 1962 missile crisis which he says is the most dangerous most in British history. You can view last year’s Orwell Lecture here.

Launch 2014: Internet and the modern self



This year’s Orwell Prize will launch with a debate, at the Frontline Club, London on Monday 21st October. This year our panel will speak on the notion of ‘Internet and the modern self: manners and abuse online’. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6.30pm Drinks
  • 7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2014 and announcement of judges
  • 7.05pm Discussion:

Entries for this year’s Prize will open on Monday 21 October 2013 and close on Wednesday 15 January 2014, for all work published in 2013. The rules are available elsewhere on our website, while the entry forms will become available after the launch on our ‘How to enter’ page. If you have any queries, please contact

The schedule for this year’s Prize is:

  • Entries open and judges announced at an event: 21st October 2013
  • Entries close: 15th January 2014
  • Longlists announced online: Midday 26th March 2014
  • Shortlists announced at an event: 23rd April 2014
  • Winners announced at a Church House prize ceremony: 14th May 2014


Brian Sewell in conversation with John Bird: Tramping Today – Marking the 110th Anniversary of George Orwell’s Birth

Frequently – to the point of cliché in fact – described as Britain’s most famous and controversial art critic, Brian Sewell is so much more; a fearlessly opinionated journalist, scandalously honest memoirist, reluctant TV presenter and self-described gypsy scholar. His waspish wit and uncompromising views have made him something of an icon (though he would surely reject the term), and have been shared with the public via his Orwell Prize-winning essays, his Evening Standard columns and, most recently, his two-volume memoirs, Outsider. He will be joined by Big Issue founder and author of The Necessity of Poverty John Bird to discuss tramping and to reflect on homelessness and attitudes to it since Orwell’s seminal Down and Out in Paris and London, in an event that marks the 110th anniversary of his birth.

Discussion: Dystopian Visions of the Future

The Burgess Foundation and the Orwell Prize present a special event looking at dystopian visions of the future. Taking as a starting-point George Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare Nineteen Eighty-Four and Anthony Burgess’s ominously prescient fictions 1985, The Wanting Seed and A Clockwork Orange, writers and critics Eleanor Byrne (MMU), Kaye Mitchell (University of Manchester) and Michael Sayeau (UCL, the Orwell Archive) discuss these powerful texts and more, and look at what dystopias mean for us today.

Awards Ceremony 2013

This year’s awards ceremony will start at 6.30pm (drinks), with the winners being announced from 7pm. The ceremony is being held at Church House, Westminster, which hosted the Houses of Parliament during the Second World War and the first meeting of the UN Security Council.

Entry is free, and everyone is welcome. Please feel free to share the invitation – booking is essential.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Orwell Prize Shortlist Event 2013: When censorship declines does freedom emerge?


  • Nita May OBE (Producer for the BBC Burmese Service)
  • Tayzar Moe Myint (Former Burmese political prisoner and UN Development Program Analyst)
  • Julia Farringdon (Head of Arts at Index on Censorship)
  • Chaired by Jean Seaton (Director of The Orwell Prize)
  • Details

    This year’s Orwell Prize shortlists will be announced at the Boardroom, University of Westminster, Regents Street on the evening of Wednesday 17th April, ahead of a debate; When censorship declines does freedom emerge?

    There will be drinks from 6.30pm, with this year’s Orwell Prize shortlists – for the Book Prize and Journalism Prize – being announced at 7pm. The debate will follow the shortlist announcements.

    Entry is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential. Please feel free to share the invitation with friends and colleagues.

    Kim Sengupta

    Kim Sengupta is the Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Independent. He covers international and domestic news and his extensive reporting from around the world has included many of the major conflicts in recent times.

    Submitted articles

    ‘You can only patch up people for so long. Most of the seriously injured we can’t save. The only way to end this is to defeat Assad’
    ‘What will happen to us?’: Loyalists fear rebel attacks
    The people who live here have fled. Only the fighters remain
    ‘We left Homs because they were trying to kill us. They wanted to kill us because we are Christians’
    US ‘was warned but did nothing’
    Misrata speaks: No more Gaddafis

    Other links

    Kim Sengupta on Journalisted

    David Gardner

    David Gardner is the FT‘s international affairs editor and author of Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance. He was the paper’s Middle East editor from 1995-99. In 2003 he won the David Watt prize for political journalism for his writing on the Arab world.

    Submitted articles

    The seismic tussles that will shape the Middle East
    Lebanon can overcome its divisions to deter Syria
    Assads regime is finished do not mourn its passing
    Febrile and fragmented
    Hollow victory
    Autonomy under fire

    David Cohen

    David Cohen is the chief feature writer at the Evening Standard.

    Submitted articles

    A generation of young Londoners with no job, no prospects and no hope
    A degree in architecture … but all I can get are menial jobs
    ‘If my failure to get a job is because of racial bias, it shouldn’t be ignored’
    Ladder for London: The Evening Standard’s campaign to help the young and unemployed
    I was rejected as a Sainsbury’s shelf-stacker, now I run the company
    Prince Andrew joins our Ladder for London campaign

    Other links

    David Cohen on Journalisted

    Jamil Anderlini

    Jamil Anderlini is the Beijing bureau chief for the FT and has been a correspondent covering China since 2003.

    Submitted articles

    Corrupt party displays classic signs of dynasty in slow decline
    China’s ever greater expectations
    ‘China will see democracy’
    Bo Xilal: Power, death and politics
    Chinese infighting: Secrets of a succession war (£)
    The family fortunes of Beijing’s new few

    Other links

    Jamil Anderlini on Journalisted

    Clive Stafford Smith

    In 1986, Kris Maharaj, a British businessman living in Miami, was arrested for the brutal murder of two ex-business associates. His lawyer did not present a strong alibi; Kris was found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair. 

    It wasn’t until a young lawyer working for nothing, Clive Stafford Smith, took on his case that strong evidence began to emerge that the state of Florida had got the wrong man on Death Row. So far, so good – except that, as Stafford Smith argues here so compellingly, the American justice system is actually designed to ignore innocence. Twenty-six years later, Maharaj is still in jail. 

    Step by step, Stafford Smith untangles the Maharaj case and the system that makes disasters like this inevitable. His conclusions will act as a wake-up call for those who condone legislation which threatens basic human rights and, at the same time, the personal story he tells demonstrates that determination can challenge the institutions that surreptitiously threaten our freedom.

    Taken from Random House

    Abigail Haworth

    Abigail Haworth is an Asia-based senior international editor at Marie Claire USA. She covers global women’s issues, sex, society and regularly contributes to The Observer Magazine. In 2010 Abigail won the Overseas Press Club Award.

    Articles submitted

    From war babies to Billionaires
    Sex, drugs and shattered skulls
    15 in a billion
    The day I saw 248 girls being circumcised
    The Help
    Where the boys are

    Other links

    Abigail Haworth on Twitter

    Marie Colvin

    A fearless, passionate veteran reporter of conflicts from around the world, Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in February 2012, covering the uprising in Syria from the besieged city of Homs. On the Front Line is a collection of her finest work, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund.

    Marie Colvin held a profound belief in the pursuit of truth, and the courage and humanity of her work was deeply admired. On the Front Line includes her various interviews with Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gadaffi; reports from East Timor in 1999 where she shamed the UN into protecting its refugees; accounts of her terrifying escape from the Russian army in Chechnya; and reports from the strongholds of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers where she was hit by shrapnel, leaving her blind in one eye.

    Typically, however, her new eye-patch only reinforced Colvin’s sense of humour and selfless conviction. She returned quickly to the front line, reporting on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and, lately, the Arab Spring.

    Immediate and compelling, On the Front Line is a street-view of the historic events that have shaped the last 25 years, from an award-winning foreign correspondent and the outstanding journalist of her generation.

    Taken from HarperCollins