The Orwell Youth Prize 2021 – An Introduction and Q&A for Teachers

Wednesday 03 March 2021 @ 16.00 - 17.00


Online Event (Zoom)

Learn more about this year’s theme, ‘A New Direction: Starting Small’, and how our programmes can continue to meet the needs of teachers

About this Event

The world feels overwhelming at the moment. A pandemic, the looming threat of the climate crisis, increasing inequality, and the rise of big data seem insurmountable due to the sheer magnitude of the problems we face. At the same time, the urgency of these threats is galvanising young people into action.

By taking Orwell as our inspiration and paying close attention to what is ‘in front of one’s nose’, this year’s Orwell Youth Prize theme, ‘A New Direction: Starting Small’, asks young people to use their own experiences of their local area as a springboard for critically examining larger social and political structures.

With this new theme and an accompanying set of resources, we want to ensure we continue to develop our programme to meet the needs of young people and teachers as we grow. Join our introduction and Q&A to:

  • Find out more about The Orwell Youth Prize and the trends in young people’s writing
  • Ask questions about the prize and submit your ideas to help us shape our future programme
  • Hear from young people on their experience with the prize

You will also have the opportunity to learn more about our 2021 Theme ‘A New Direction: Starting Small’ and hear from collaborators on our new resources:

  • Miriam Nash, Poet & Writer
  • Imre Jele, Games Designer, Bossa Studios
  • Adam Cantwell Corn, The Bristol Cable
  • Mick Callanan, Delivery Director, The Orwell Youth Prize

About the Orwell Youth Prize

The Orwell Youth Prize is a political and social justice-based writing prize for young people from year 8 – year 13 across the UK. More than a prize we work in collaboration with journalists, writers and experienced volunteers to create resources, workshops and personalised feedback to help develop young people’s ideas and work. We seek to create an audience with power and influence for young people’s writing, activating it in the public sphere in new ways.

Joining Instructions

A Zoom link will be sent to you by Eventbrite five minutes prior to the start of the event.

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