News & Events

Dr Tristram Hunt to deliver the first online Orwell Memorial Lecture – ‘Decolonising the Wonder House: Orwell, Empire and the Museum’

10 November 2020

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A and former Labour MP, will deliver this year’s Orwell Memorial Lecture, ‘Decolonising the Wonder House: Orwell, Empire and the Museum’. Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, managing trustee and honorary director of… find out more

Judging panels announced for Orwell Book Prizes

19 October 2020

The 2021 judging panels for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the UK’s most sought-after prizes for political writing, are announced today. The panels will be tasked with choosing the fiction and non-… find out more

Entries invited for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021 and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021

05 October 2020

The Orwell Foundation is currently inviting entries for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021 and The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit their titles via the submission link here. Full rules of e… find out more

Kate Clanchy’s Orwell Prize winning memoir sent to 75 important figures in education in the UK

02 September 2020

As pupils return to school across the country, the Orwell Foundation and Picador have collaborated to give copies of Kate Clanchy’s Orwell Prize winning book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me to seventy-five of the most important figures in edu… find out more

Jessica Johnson’s Orwell Youth Prize Winning Story: An Update

20 August 2020

The Orwell Foundation is hugely proud of Orwell Youth Prize winner Jessica Johnson, whose story ‘A Band Apart’, about a dystopian future where an algorithm splits students into bands based on their background, has been widely praised as prescient fol… find out more

‘George Orwell and the Battle for Animal Farm’: new film marks 75th anniversary of novel’s publication

17 August 2020

"This is the story of how George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, the mountain he had to climb to get it published, and the enormous personal tragedy which ran beneath." The Orwell Foundation is delighted to share an exclusive new short film, which is being rele… find out more

Orwell Youth Prize Winners Revealed: reports from the collective frontline of being young in lockdown

28 July 2020

1200 young people across the United Kingdom write on the 'future they want' (and reveal the future they fear) In the acres of Covid coverage, young peoples' future has been a political weapon for every side – school, jobs, and mental health all discu… find out more

Orwell Prize 2020 winners revealed

09 July 2020

The winners of The Orwell Prizes were announced today, 9th July 2020, in a special 'Telescreen' Prize Ceremony on the Orwell Foundation's YouTube channel and on Times Radio. The Prizes, which aim to encourage good writing and thinking about politics, are … find out more

Orwell Prizes announcement postponed until Thursday 9th July

18 June 2020

The announcement of the winners of the four Orwell Prizes is postponed by a fortnight until Thursday 9th July. We will let you know what form the announcement will take as soon as possible. We want to make both the shortlisted and winning work make as muc… find out more

“We have never needed to support good social reporting more” – Orwell Prize Shortlists Revealed

21 May 2020

The shortlists for this year's Orwell Prizes are announced today, Thursday 21st May 2020. The thirteen books and twelve portfolios of journalism may have been written in a pre-Covid era, but they still resonate and speak to us about the world we might wan… find out more