News & Events

An update from the Orwell Foundation

01 April 2020

Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on -- that is, badly. Animal Farm, 1945 The Orwell Prizes will be awarded to schedule, with longlists revealed next week We are experimenting with new ways to promote nomi… find out more

The Orwell Youth Prize in Hull: students to debate the future they’re striving for

04 March 2020

To take a rational political decision one must have a picture of the future George Orwell, 1944 This Friday (6th March 2020) sixth form students from across Hull will gather at the University of Hull to debate societal change and the future of technol… find out more

“Democratic accountability is a rough and ready mechanism”: Daniel Finkelstein delivers Orwell Memorial Lecture

26 February 2020

Earlier this month, Times columnist and Conservative member of the House of Lords Daniel Finkelstein delivered the rescheduled 2019 Orwell Memorial Lecture, on the topic 'How to Predict An Election', to a packed room in University College London's Cruci… find out more

Writers Kerry Hudson and Kayo Chingonyi to judge Orwell Youth Prize

27 January 2020

Foundation partners The Orwell Youth Prize have revealed that award-winning writer Kerry Hudson and poet Kayo Chingonyi are judging the 2020 Orwell Youth Prize, the theme of which is ‘The Future We Want’. The prize is open to all 12-18-year olds based… find out more

‘The Night Orwell Died’ – marking the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s death

21 January 2020

This is the story of how, 70 years ago today, George Orwell died. It is not wholly a tragic story. -      To mark the seventieth anniversary of George Orwell’s death, the Orwell Foundation and UCL Library Special Collections present a short film… find out more

Orwell Lecture postponed until the New Year

14 November 2019

We are sorry to say that we have had to postpone Daniel Finkelstein's Orwell Memorial Lecture, 'How to Predict An Election', scheduled for the 19th November, as well as the accompanying Archive Event with D. J. Taylor. We are rescheduling for the spring a… find out more

The Orwell Foundation and the Institute of Advanced Studies launch new scheme for Orwell scholars

07 November 2019

The Institute of Advanced Studies and the Orwell Foundation have launched a new scheme for researchers working on aspects of the life and work of George Orwell and his contribution to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Orwell Visiting Fellows will be … find out more

Orwell Journalism Judges Announced, Prizes Open

06 November 2019

Two expert panels of judges have been announced for the highly sought-after Orwell Prizes for Journalism and Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, which open for entry today, Wednesday 6th November 2019. Broadcaster Iain Dale will Chair t… find out more

Judges announced for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and The Orwell Prize for Political Writing

17 September 2019

A prestigious panel of judges has been announced for the UK's most prominent prizes for political writing. Jude Kelly CBE will chair the panel judging The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction alongside Tom Gatti, Sarah Shaffi and Dr Matthew Sperling while T… find out more

We’re hiring!

05 September 2019

The Orwell Foundation and the Orwell Youth Prize are currently recruiting a (part-time, 2 days a week) Prize and Programme Coordinator to support the running of our flagship programme, The Orwell Prizes, alongside a broader programme of events. Support… find out more