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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

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