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PQ Launches New Series of Exclusive Interviews With Female Orwell Prize Winners and Shortlistees

28 November 2018

The Political Quarterly and the Orwell Foundation have teamed up to produce a series of exclusive interviews with female Orwell Prize winners and shortlistees. In the first interview, Anya Pearson speaks to the Observer and Guardian reporter Carole Cadwal… find out more

Orwell Prizes for Journalism, Political Fiction and Exposing Britain’s Social Evils Open for Entries

19 November 2018

The Orwell Prizes for Journalism and for Exposing Britain's Social Evils 2019 as well as the inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction are now open for entries. The Orwell Prize for Journalism is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for journal… find out more

Orwell Foundation To Launch Political Fiction Prize

25 October 2018

The Orwell Foundation will launch a political fiction prize in November, to be awarded for the first time in June 2019. The new prize will reward outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social an… find out more

Kamila Shamsie To Give the Orwell Lecture 2018

11 October 2018

"In the last few years the line ‘citizenship is a privilege not a right’ has been heard increasingly from the mouths of Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Alongside this statement we’ve seen the increasing expansion in - and use of - the govern… find out more

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019 Is Now Open for Entries

02 October 2018

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2018 The Orwell Prize for Political Writing (formerly The Orwell Book Prize) is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction, awarded to the book or pamphlet which comes closest to George Orwell's am… find out more

Orwell Archive Added to UNESCO Memory of the World Register

21 September 2018

The Orwell Papers, which are housed at UCL Special Collections, University College London - where the Orwell Foundation is also based - have been formally inscribed to the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, which lists document… find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: Live in Paris Details Announced

29 August 2018

Details of the second installment of our Down and Out: Live project have been revealed. Down and Out: Live in Paris will take place on 28th September, 2018 at La Générale in Paris. See the event page for more details and information about how to s… find out more

Orwell Prize Custom-Made Trophies Revealed

09 August 2018

We're delighted to unveil the custom-made trophies which are now making their way to winners of the Orwell Prize 2018, Carole Cadwalladr, Darren McGarvey, and the Financial Times team behind 'On the Edge'. The winners of the Orwell Prize 2018 were ann… find out more

Watch the Orwell Prize Ceremony 2018

26 June 2018

The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2018 was held at the RSA on 25th June 2018. The event also featured a panel debate, 'Why does it take a catastrophe?’ – interrogating why the reporting which might have helped prevent the fire at Grenfell Tower was not more w… find out more

Winners of the Orwell Prize 2018 Revealed

25 June 2018

The Winners of The Orwell Prize 2018 were announced this evening at the prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. This year's three winners each focus on modern Britain, revealing a 'turn to the… find out more