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. If you would like to attend the Orwell Prize Ceremony 2017, please email S… find out more

1984 Live

03 November 2016

The Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture are delighted to present 1984 Live Over 50 leading cultural figures read sections of the book alongside members of the public to create the UK's first ever liv… find out more

The Orwell Prize 2017 Shortlist Lecture: Ruth Davidson

24 April 2017

"NATIONALISM SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH PATRIOTISM" - OUR DIVIDED POLITICS. [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="13942,13923,13936,13937,13941"] Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives will give the Orwell Prize Shortli… find out more

The George Orwell Series: The Road to Wigan Pier

28 February 2017

Join us for the first event in our George Orwell mini-series, in partnership with Waterstones Gower Street. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of its publication, Stephen Armstrong (author of The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited), Ros-Wynne Jones (writer… find out more

Post-truth: explore the art of getting to the truth – In association with the Word Factory

25 January 2017

The Orwell Prize is working with Word Factory on an event in its Citizen: The New Story series: Post-truth: explore the art of getting to the truth. This salon will see Paul McVeigh, Andrew Williams, Christina Lamb and Cathy Galvin explore the art of … find out more

The Orwell Youth Prize Regional Workshop

17 January 2017

The Orwell Youth Prize's Regional Workshops are for anyone in Year 12 or Year 13. The first 20 people to get in touch will get a place at the workshop.  You don’t need to have had a workshop through your school to be eligible. If you would like to co… find out more

Can writing change the world? With The Orwell Youth Prize

13 December 2016

Hosted by the LSE Library, the Orwell Youth Prize and LSE Literary Festival In this event aimed at young writers aged 13-18, a panel of journalists, writers and historians discuss the role of writing (in all forms) in changing the world: from big journal… find out more

The Orwell Lecture 2016

20 October 2016

The Orwell Lecture 2016 will be live-streamed. Click here to watch the broadcast.  The Orwell Lecture was established by Professor Sir Bernard Crick -  founder of the Orwell Prize - and has been held annually since 1989. Originally held at Birkbeck,… find out more