Launch Debate 2011: Poverty and the Spending Review

Image from Paolo Margari on flickr,


  • Chris Giles, economics editor of the Financial Times
  • Lisa Harker, former director of ippr
  • Dr Patrick Nolan, chief economist at Reform
  • David Walker, author of The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Unjust Rewards (both with Polly Toynbee)


The programme for the evening was as follows:

6.30pm Drinks

7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2011

  • Jean Seaton (Director of the Prize) announced the judges for the year and opened the Prize for entries

7.10pm Debate: Poverty and the Spending Review

We’ll be making poverty a focus of our activity this year, with the 75th anniversary of Orwell’s journey to Wigan Pier coming up in January 2011.

Entries for the Orwell Prize 2011 will open on the evening of 21st October and remain open until Wednesday 19th January 2011. All work published for the first time between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2010 is eligible. There must be a clear relationship with the UK or Ireland – this ‘relationship’ might include citizenship, residency or first publication, but please contact the administrator if you have any queries. You can read the rules in full elsewhere on our website, along with the values of Orwell which our judges keep in mind when judging.

The Prizes are self-nominating – somebody involved in the production of the entered work, whether author, journalist, blogger, editor or publisher must put the work forward. If, however, you’ve come across something this year which you think we should look out for, please get in touch or discuss on our new Facebook page.



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