George Orwell believed in the moral power of language and understood the dangers that accompany its corruption. The Orwell Foundation uses his work to celebrate honest writing and reporting, to uncover hidden lives, to confront uncomfortable truths – and, in doing so, to promote Orwell’s values of integrity, decency and fidelity to truth.
Our programs include The Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, with prizes awarded for books and journalism, The Orwell Memorial Lectures, regular events and debates, the Unreported Britain journalism project and our ‘Orwell: LIVE’ series, including 1984: LIVE and Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE.
As the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we also publish work by George Orwell (including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog), articles about Orwell and other online resources. We also manage the popular @orwellquotes Twitter account.
The Orwell Foundation (registered charity 1161563) was originally established as The Orwell Prize, and The Orwell Prize’s values continue to underpin the work of the Foundation.