Friday 21 October 2022
Orwell Daily is a new way to read some of the greatest political writing ever written, exclusively on Substack. From Friday 28th October 2022 subscribers will receive daily, bite-sized, carefully curated extracts from Orwell’s works – beginning with the classic memoir Down and Out in Paris and London, complete and unabridged, with further serializations to follow in 2023.
Orwell Daily is free, but readers will also be able to take out a subscription to join the community in the comments and support the Foundation’s work. Each extract will be around 1000 – 1500 words (a ‘coffee break’ read).
The project’s launch comes as we approach the 90th anniversary of the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell’s first full-length book, and alongside the announcement of a new Orwell Prize, The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness.
For the Foundation, celebrating Orwell’s astonishing legacy has always gone hand in hand with re-imagining his relevance today. Orwell’s classic memoir put poverty and homelessness on the agenda. Today, with homelessness once again on the rise, that project needs re-imagining too.
Working alongside The Centre for Homelessness Impact, The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness will celebrate the art of creative storytelling, accurate investigation, and innovative policy reporting. Entries will be encouraged from people with direct experience of homelessness and also open to established journalists, authors, artists, filmmakers and others.
Readers can join Orwell Daily on Substack today, and sign up for The Orwell Foundation newsletter for specially commissioned responses to Down and Out in Paris and London and new features on Orwell’s life and works.