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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

Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE

08 May 2018

“The evil of poverty is not so much that it makes a man suffer as that it rots him physically and spiritually.” – George Orwell George Orwell’s classic book on 1930s poverty in Paris and London is to be brought to life in an immersive performance… find out more

Jean Seaton: Why Orwell’s 1984 Could Be About Now

07 May 2018

Director of the Orwell Foundation, Jean Seaton, has written about Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four for a BBC Culture series on stories that shaped the world. Audiences around the world are re-reading George Orwell’s 1984, which is ‘a handbook for diffic… find out more

Longlists for The Orwell Prize 2018 revealed

09 April 2018

Congratulations to all those who have been longlisted this year. Shortlists will be announced on Friday 18th May at The Bath Festival, with winners revealed at the Orwell Prize Ceremony, Monday 25th June 2018 at the RSA. The Orwell Prize for Books: Read… find out more

Come on board: The Orwell Foundation is hiring

28 February 2018

The Orwell Foundation is recruiting for the role of Assistant Project Coordinator. The Orwell Foundation is looking for a part-time Assistant Project Coordinator to support the development and delivery of The Orwell Foundation and Orwell Youth Prize’… find out more

Catch up: the Orwell Lecture 2017 with A. L. Kennedy

14 February 2018

Catch up with A.L. Kennedy's 2017 Orwell Lecture, 'Orwell with women' on YouTube, courtesy of UCL Arts and Humanities: Deeply associated with political thinking – and our increasingly rapid descent into newspeak and unhistory – Orwell was also a meti… find out more

Unreported Britain in Parliament

04 December 2017

Today every MP in the House of Commons was sent a copy of Stephen Armstrong's The New Poverty (Verso) as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released their 'UK Poverty 2017' report. Drawing on stories from The Orwell Foundation's Unreported Britain project… find out more

George Orwell at the BBC

10 November 2017

On Tuesday 7th November a statue of George Orwell was unveiled in the piazza of the BBC's New Broadcasting House by Baroness Whitaker and Orwell's son, Richard Blair. The statue, which is the work of sculptor Martin Jennings, was commissioned and paid for… find out more

Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing: The Orwell Prize 2018

09 November 2017

The Orwell Prize 2018 is now open The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing, awarded to work which comes the closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. The Orwell Foundation awards pr… find out more

Announcing the Orwell Lectures 2017: Grayson Perry & A.L. Kennedy

12 October 2017

The Orwell Foundation’s flagship lecture – which has attracted notable speakers including Ian Hislop (2016), Dr Rowan Williams (2015) and Dame Hilary Mantel – has been given annually since 1989, originally in Birkbeck and Sheffield, but has recently… find out more