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Orwell Foundation to launch political fiction prize

25 October 2018

The Orwell Foundation will launch a political fiction prize in November, to be awarded for the first time in June 2019. The new prize will reward outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social an… find out more

Kamila Shamsie To Give the Orwell Lecture 2018

11 October 2018

"In the last few years the line ‘citizenship is a privilege not a right’ has been heard increasingly from the mouths of Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Alongside this statement we’ve seen the increasing expansion in - and use of - the govern… find out more

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019 Is Now Open for Entries

02 October 2018

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2018 The Orwell Prize for Political Writing (formerly The Orwell Book Prize) is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction, awarded to the book or pamphlet which comes closest to George Orwell's am… find out more

Orwell Archive Added to UNESCO Memory of the World Register

21 September 2018

The Orwell Papers, which are housed at UCL Special Collections, University College London - where the Orwell Foundation is also based - have been formally inscribed to the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, which lists document… find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: Live in Paris Details Announced

29 August 2018

Details of the second installment of our Down and Out: Live project have been revealed. Down and Out: Live in Paris will take place on 28th September, 2018 at La Générale in Paris. See the event page for more details and information about how to s… find out more

Orwell Prize Custom-Made Trophies Revealed

09 August 2018

We're delighted to unveil the custom-made trophies which are now making their way to winners of the Orwell Prize 2018, Carole Cadwalladr, Darren McGarvey, and the Financial Times team behind 'On the Edge'. The winners of the Orwell Prize 2018 were ann… find out more

Watch the Orwell Prize Ceremony 2018

26 June 2018

The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2018 was held at the RSA on 25th June 2018. The event also featured a panel debate, 'Why does it take a catastrophe?’ – interrogating why the reporting which might have helped prevent the fire at Grenfell Tower was not more w… find out more

Winners of the Orwell Prize 2018 Revealed

25 June 2018

The Winners of The Orwell Prize 2018 were announced this evening at the prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. This year's three winners each focus on modern Britain, revealing a 'turn to the… find out more

New Venue and Readers Announced for Down and Out: LIVE

29 May 2018

Down and Out: LIVE will now take place at Stone Nest, Shaftesbury Avenue: 6th June 2pm-6pm.  Admission Free: register online today (followed by panel debate at 6.30pm) George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London is being read and staged … find out more

Orwell Prize 2018 Shortlists Revealed

18 May 2018

The shortlists for The Orwell Prize 2018, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, were announced tonight at the Bath Festival during The Orwell Prize Debate, which featured this year’s chair of judges for the book prize, politician, ac… find out more