Orwell Day

Friday 18 January 2013

We’re thrilled to tell you about the inaugural launch of ‘Orwell Day’ on Monday 21st January. Working with Penguin Books and the Orwell Estate we will be celebrating the entire works of Orwell on the anniversary of his death and in the lead up to the BBC Radio 4 season. To mark the occasion Penguin have released new editions of some of his classic novels and the pamphlet form of his consummate essay ‘Politics and the English Language’. The fantastic new covers were designed by David Pearson. Here at the prize we’re having a read in and we’d like to absolutely everyone reading the essay. So tell your friends, family and colleagues and read for free on our site or pick up a special copy for yourself for just 99p from Penguin. You can stay updated on all Penguins work on this by subscribing to their newsletter here.

The Irrawaddy Lit Fest

We leave for Burma next Friday and cannot wait to get there and capture the event to share with you. You can see a full list of writers in attendance and their bios as well as more information about the festival, on the festival website. You can also still ‘Buy a book’ for Burma with the Orwell Prize here.

Entries are closed

Entries for the 2013 prize closed on Wednesday 9th January. We look forward to sharing the full list of entrants soon followed closely by the longlists, shortlists and this year’s winners. Key dates for the cycle can be found here.

From elsewhere

  • The Guardian are running a competition to win the collection of new Penguin covers here
  • The Creative Review examines David Pearson’s interpretation of Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Ullapool Festival announced Orwell Prize winning Raja Shehadeh as a special guest

  • The diaries

    Don’t forget our other Orwell Diary blogs: his Wartime Diary, Hop-Picking Diary and The Road to Wigan Pier Diary. You can sign up to our newsletter If you’ve got any suggestions about our website(s), we’d love to hear from you – email us on katriona.lewis@mediastandardstrust.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.