The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2019: Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ at 70

13 June 2019

Join the Orwell Foundation to celebrate the year's best political writing at The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2019. The Prize announcements will be preceded by a special event with Dorian Lynskey (author, The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 19… find out more

The Ministry of Plenty

29 May 2019

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 reality film In George Orwell’s … find out more

Orwell and British Food

23 May 2019

George Orwell was so savage about ‘brutish’ British food that the British Council, having commissioned him to write an essay on it in 1946, decided to reject it! As we head for an uncertain food future and arguments rage about the Britishness of our p… find out more

Rebel? Prophet? Relic? Perspectives on George Orwell

28 January 2019

This two-day multidisciplinary conference, organised by UCL, will consider Orwell’s place in contemporary academia, politics, and popular culture. Is he the “wintry conscience” of each generation, or the problematic product of another era? What … find out more

Orwell & 1984 at The Bath Festival

18 March 2019

Foundation Director Professor Jean Seaton will be at The Bath Festival 23rd May to discuss the legacy of Orwell's classic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Doublethink, Newspeak and The Thought Police: do we live in the world that Orwell predicted? Considering… find out more

Darren McGarvey: Re-imagining Beveridge

06 March 2019

Darren McGarvey (aka Loki), has experienced poverty and its devastating effects first-hand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. His book Poverty Safari won The Orwell Prize for Books 2018, and at thi… find out more

The Orwell Lecture 2018 with Kamila Shamsie

11 October 2018

Unbecoming British:  citizenship, migration and the transformation of rights into privileges The Orwell Foundation is delighted to announce that The Orwell Lecture 2018 will be delivered by author Kamila Shamsie, on the question of 'citizenship, migrat… find out more

Explore George Orwell’s Last Notebook

17 October 2018

Seventy years to the month after it was written, come and be in the room with Orwell's last domestic notebook, completed as he battled his way to the end of his dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four. On Tuesday 13th November, UCL Special Collections a… find out more

The Nightmare of History: Brexit, Ireland and the English Revolution

01 September 2018

In the second Political Quarterly lecture of the year, Fintan O'Toole, columnist and 2017 Orwell Prize for journalism winner gives an important talk about the future of Britain and Ireland. Brexit, like all revolutions, imagines a Year Zero, a ne… find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE in Paris

29 August 2018

WATCH LIVE Performance 14:00 - 18:00 | Policy Debate 18:30 - 20:00 In the second instalment of our Down and Out: Live project, The Orwell Foundation is bringing George Orwell’s classic book to Paris after its sell-out performance in London in June (wh… find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE in Paris (Livestream)

28 September 2018

Watch the livestream of Orwell's Down and Out: LIVE in Paris, taking place now at La Générale in Paris. Performance 14:00 – 18:00 | Représentation 14:00 – 18:00 [embed][/embed] In the second instalm… find out more

The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2018

12 June 2018

The Orwell Prize reveals the winners of its much sought-after prizes for books, journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The winners of each £3,000 prize will be … find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVE

08 May 2018

[embed][/embed] “The evil of poverty is not so much that it makes a man suffer as that it rots him physically and spiritually.” – George Orwell George Orwell’s classic book on 1930s pov… find out more

Orwell’s Down and Out: LIVESTREAM

05 June 2018

Watch Orwell's Down and Out: Live, an immersive, dramatized reading of Orwell's 1930s classic, brought to you by the Orwell Foundation, UCL Festival of Culture, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Libby Brodie Productions. Follow us @theorwellprize and #do… find out more


08 May 2018

How can gender imbalance, systemic in all industries, be properly addressed? In the light of the #MeToo campaign, the publication of BBC’s top earners and the Equality Act gender pay report, panellists Andrew Adonis , Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Eric… find out more


16 October 2017

A.L. Kennedy's Orwell Lecture at University College London "Orwell with Women" Join us for our 2017 annual lecture examining Orwell's complex relationship with women given by author, journalist and comedian AL Kennedy: Tuesday 21st October in the Gu… find out more

The Orwell Lecture in the North 2017: Grayson Perry

10 October 2017

The Orwell Lecture in the North 2017 GRAYSON PERRY: I've read all the academic texts on empathy  Wednesday 15 November, 6.30pm The Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ Artist Grayson Perry will deliver the firs… find out more

Joining the dots: lives in history

10 October 2017

The Orwell Foundation, UCL History Department and the Institute for Advanced Studies invite you to a discussion of Orwell Fellow Juliet Gardiner's new memoir Joining the dots. 23rd October | 6.30pm | Common Ground Room, Institute of Advanced Studies… find out more

Has the media failed people in poverty?

14 September 2017

Has the media failed people in poverty - and what can we do? On the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, 13 million people in the UK now live in poverty, with 1 in 5 children below the poverty line. As an increasing number of people in our society… find out more

The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2017

17 January 2017

The Winners of the Orwell Prize for Books, the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils will be announced live at the Prize Ceremony. Each winner will receive £3,000 and a winner's trophy. Each year a new troph… find out more