News & Events

Orwell takes over Barbican Hub to explore how tech impacts society and politics

29 May 2019

From Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June the Orwell Foundation’s Ministry of Plenty will take over the Life Rewired Hub at the Barbican Centre, London, to host a weekend of events and new commissions, from imaginative fiction on the future of work to virtual… find out more

The Orwell Prizes 2019: Longlists announced

07 May 2019

Longlists for four 2019 Orwell Prizes were announced today, including the inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction sponsored by Richard Blair and A. M. Heath, and Orwell Prize for Political Writing lists, marking the 70th anniversary of George Orwell'… find out more

Writer Caitlin Moran to judge Orwell Youth Prize

01 April 2019

Foundation partners The Orwell Youth Prize have revealed that writer Caitlin Moran is judging this year’s Orwell Youth Prize, the theme of which is ‘A Fair Society?’. Following Orwell’s example, entrants of the prize are encouraged to draw on t… find out more

Students tackle what injustice means to them

14 March 2019

Is not England notoriously two nations, the rich and the poor? (George Orwell, England, Your England) Today 60 sixth form students from 10 schools and colleges in the North East will gather at the Great North Museum to tackle some of the most pressing in… find out more

The One Show: When George Met George

12 March 2019

UPDATE: OWING TO THE BREXIT MEANINGUL VOTE IN PARLIAMENT, THIS FEATURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. On Tuesday 12th March (today) the BBC's The One Show will be screening a short film about when George Orwell met George Garrett, in February… find out more

George Orwell censored (again)

07 February 2019

Seventy years on from the original correspondence, the British Council has offered its apologies to George Orwell for declining to publish an essay which they had commissioned from him on British cookery. By way of amends the Council has published the or… find out more

Revealed: The Orwell Prize 2019 Book Judges

17 December 2018

Tulip Siddiq MP will chair the judges’ panel for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing which from this year is only open to non-fiction.  She is joined by Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre; Robbie Millen, Literary … find out more

We Are Proud to Be Supporting The Race Beat!

17 December 2018

The Orwell Foundation is delighted to be supporting the Race Beat's crowdfunder. The Race Beat is a new, nationwide media network for, and led by, people of colour. Watch this video for more information about the project, and find out more and support … find out more

Judges of The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2019 announced

12 December 2018

The Orwell Foundation is delighted to announce the judges for The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2019. The Prizes are open for entry and will close 14th January 2019. Journalists may self-nominate, o… find out more

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