“Is there an Unreported Britain? The democratic deficit and the new contours of want”
309 Regent Street
University of Westminster
W1B 2HW London
On the evening of the 21st of April, the Orwell Prize will be announcing the shortlists for its 2015 prizes at a debate between journalist Stephen Armstrong and media expert Martin Moore. Professor Jean Seaton, the Director of the Orwell Prize, will chair.
The debate follows the success of the Unreported Britain series, commissioned by the Orwell Prize in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and published in the Guardian.
Following the debate, the shortlists for the 2015 Book Prize, Journalism Prize, and the new Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils will be announced.
This year’s Orwell Prize longlist will be announced on this website at noon on Wednesday the 25th of March. It will include the longlisted candidates for the book prize, the journalism prize, and the new prize for ‘exposing Britain’s social evils‘, created in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
For the annual Orwell Lecture, David Kynaston will discuss ‘Whatever Happened to Social Mobility’, on Wednesday 12 November.
David Kynaston is a professional historian who has written eighteen books, including the widely acclaimed four-volume The City of London, and the best-selling Austerity Britain. He is an honorary professor at Kingston University.
The lecture will begin at 6.30pm. Please register here, and arrive early to be sure of a seat. We cannot guarantee places.
This lecture forms part of our ‘Unreported Britain’ programme of events, to mark the new Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
The Housing Crisis and the Countryside, ‘Buried by a kind of volcanic eruption from the outer suburbs’ (George Orwell, Coming Up For Air).
Thursday 24 July 2014, 2pm-3pm
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of ‘Coming Up for Air’, Orwell Prize director Professor Jean Seaton will chair a panel to discuss the rural and built environment, and what can be done to avert a housing crisis.
The panel will include Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain), Professor Robert Colls (Professor of Cultural History at De Montford University, author of George Orwell: English Rebel), Professor David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham, author of Landscape and Englishness), and Nick Boles (MP for Grantham and Stamford and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning).
The Almeida Theatre, in conjunction with The Orwell Prize
The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, will be in conversation with Oscar nominated film director Michael Radford, after a performance of 1984 at the Almeida Theatre. This event, the second in our series, will look at how Orwell has been adapted for different mediums, and the different ways his work has been understood. It will take place after the production on the 26th of March: tickets to the play are required for the debate. There are a very limited number of tickets still available. Please contact the Almeida Theatre for further details, and quote ‘The Orwell Prize’.
Director of The Orwell Prize, Jean Seaton, will join 2013 Books winner A.T, Williams in conversation at Cambridge Wordfest Winter 2013. They will discuss the true story behind A Very British Killing and how Williams uncovered the pieces. You can read more about Williams’ story in his recent guest post, ‘Looking for the devil in the detail’.
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.
Chaired by Jean Seaton (Director of the Orwell Prize)
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:
7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2014 and announcement of judges
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Vivienne Hayes (CEO of the Women’s Resource Centre, specialists in gender policy analysis and a lead partner in the Safer Future Communities Partnership, funded by the Home Office, which supports engagement with new Police and Crime Commissioners.)
Chaired by Jean Seaton (Director of the Orwell Prize)
This year’s Orwell Prize will launch with a debate on ‘A crisis in policing?’, at the Frontline Club, London on Wednesday 24 October. The schedule for the evening is as follows:
7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2012 and announcement of judges
Stephen Armstrong is the author of Road to Wigan Pier Revisited, a book he retraced Orwell’s steps in The Road to Wigan Pier to write. His journalism includes work for the Guardian, The Sunday Times, GQ, Elle, Wallpaper and the New Statesman.
Dr Michael Sayeau replaced Peter Davison on the Board of trustees for the Orwell Archive at UCL. He is a lecturer of English whose own work includes an examination of the everyday in modern literature.
Jacqueline Crooks is is Director of Befriend a Family who work with children living in poverty within Westminster. She is also a published writer.
Chaired by Katriona Lewis, Operations Manager of The Orwell Prize.
*Formally billed as Gavin Knight, author of Hood Rat
In early 1936 Orwell journeyed to Wigan, a town ravaged by the Great Depression. Reports on what he saw and who he met there formed the basis for the first part of The Road to Wigan Pier. The book was critical in the development of his own political views and stirred mass commitment to democratic socialism. Has this change been sustained? For the 75th anniversary, of The Road to Wigan Pier our panel will examine the parallels between poverty in the 20th and 21st centuries and discuss how our writers can impact on society.
Paul Anderson (journalist, author, academic, editor of Orwell in Tribune: ‘As I Please and other writings 1943-7’)
Stuart Evers (Author of ‘Ten Stories about Smoking’ and ‘If This is Home’; book reviewer)
Charles Allen (historian, author of Orwell Prize-longlisted ‘Kipling Sahib’)
Jan Montefiore (Professor at University of Kent, author of ‘Kipling’ and editor of Kipling’s forthcoming ‘The Man Who Would be King and other stories’)
Chaired by Tony Wright (Former MP for Cannock Chase, Professor of Government and Public Policy at UCL, co-editor of Political Quarterly)
Both Orwell and Kipling wrote about the British Empire, having both been born in India. Both are known to people who haven’t read a word of their work, whether through Nineteen Eighty-Four or The Jungle Book. Both were intensely political writers, who wrote poetry, prose and for the press. But was Orwell or Kipling the greater writer? Whose work resonates more today? And for whom will you vote after our panel have made their respective cases?
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 – email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place on the guestlist.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.