Events

19th June: Orwell Prize shortlist readings

24 May 2024

Join us at Waterstones Gower Street, the largest bookshop in Europe, for an evening celebrating some of this year's Orwell Prize finalists. This event will bring together writers working in different forms from the shortlists for our prizes for Political … find out more

16th June: George Orwell’s London

24 May 2024

Led by experienced tour guide Michael King George Orwell spent a considerable period, especially in the 1940s, living and working in central London. On this walk, led by Michael King from the Orwell Society, which will last approximately three hours, we … find out more

15th June: George Orwell’s Hampstead

24 May 2024

Led by experienced tour guide Michael King Although he only lived in Hampstead for about 15 months in the mid-1930s, this was an important period in George Orwell’s life. On this walk, led by Michael King from the Orwell Society, we will see the plaq… find out more

12th June: The Political Quarterly Conversation

24 May 2024

The Political Quarterly Conversation “Facing unpleasant facts”: What can the next government do about the economy? with Stephanie Flanders and Professor Michael Jacobs Chair: Gavin Kelly (Resolution Foundation) 7pm – 8.30pm, Wednesday 12th June … find out more

Reading and Misreading Orwell

18 December 2023

The Orwell Foundation and the Institute of Advanced Studies are delighted to welcome Dr Débora Tavares (University of São Paulo) and Dr Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham) for two talks on 'reading and misreading' the work of George Orwell. Fre… find out more

The Orwell Lecture 2023

11 October 2023

Anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder will deliver this year’s Orwell Memorial Lecture, In Front of Your Nose: Putin, Russia and What We Failed to See. The lecture, which is a public event, will take place on Wednesday 22nd November at University C… find out more

George Orwell’s Hampstead

24 May 2023

Led by Michael King, experienced tour guide and Orwell Society member Pond Street Gardens, 11.45am Although he only lived in Hampstead for about 15 months in the mid-1930s, this was an important period in George Orwell’s life. On this walk, led by M… find out more

The Political Quarterly Conversation: Polly Toynbee – An Uneasy Inheritance

24 May 2023

Join acclaimed author and past winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism, Polly Toynbee, as she discusses her latest book An Uneasy Inheritance: My Family and Other Radicals. In it, she explores how, while for generations her ancestors have been committe… find out more

Orwell and Empire (at Pushkin House)

24 May 2023

Join Phillipe Sands, author of The Last Colony (shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2023), Douglas Kerr, author of Orwell and Empire, and Kojo Koram, author of Uncommon Wealth (shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2022) as they explore first what Kerr calls Orwe… find out more

The Orwell Festival Lecture 2023

24 May 2023

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Ty… find out more

Orwell Youth Prize Regional Hub at Coventry University

01 March 2023

10th March 2023, Coventry University  On Friday 10th March more than 100 school students from across the West Midlands will come together at Coventry University for a unique day of creative writing and journalism workshops inspired by the 2023 Orwell… find out more

The Orwell Memorial Lecture 2022

15 November 2022

About this event The Orwell Foundation is delighted to announce that Lisa Nandy MP will deliver this year's Orwell Lecture. Lisa will be talking about the lessons she has learnt from over a decade at the forefront of British politics as Member of Parliam… find out more

George Monbiot on Journalism, Politics and the Climate Crisis

01 September 2022

Join us for a discussion with writer and journalist George Monbiot, winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2022 Describing the environmental crisis as the greatest challenge humankind has ever confronted, George Monbiot has been trying… find out more

The Orwell Festival: Who’s Killing Our Daughters?

05 July 2022

Join us for this essential debate on how and why, too often, society is failing to keep women safe. The murder of Sarah Everard was billed as a watershed moment, yet at least another 125 women were killed by men in the following twelve months. A panel of … find out more

The Orwell Festival: Crackdown on Dissent

05 July 2022

In what promises to be an event that is truly global in scope, covering Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Russia, Rwanda, and Ukraine, join Ali Fowle, Drew Ambrose, Michela Wrong, and Polina Ivanova as they reflect upon the similarities and dissimilarities of the crac… find out more

The Orwell Festival: J.O. Morgan on APPLIANCE

05 July 2022

Join us for a discussion with poet and novelist J.O. Morgan on his Orwell Prize for Political Fiction shortlisted novel Appliance, a highly inventive and and humane novel about our relationship with technology and our addiction to innovation, with Orwe… find out more

The Orwell Festival: Children and Care

05 July 2022

There are now more children in care than ever before, and not because of a rise in physical or sexual abuse, but because of complex factors that are overlooked and misunderstood. In her Orwell-shortlisted book Behind Closed Doors, Polly Curtis invest… find out more

The Orwell Festival: George Monbiot in conversation

28 June 2022

Describing the environmental crisis as the greatest challenge humankind has ever confronted, George Monbiot has been trying to raise the profile of a wide range of desperately neglected environmental issues for the last 37 years. Yet these issues are almo… find out more

The Coming Storm with Gabriel Gatehouse and Lucy Proctor

28 June 2022

Join Gabriel Gatehouse and Lucy Proctor as they discuss their podcast 'The Coming Storm', shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2022. A year on from the Capitol Insurrection in Washington DC on 6 January 2021, Gabriel Gatehouse journeyed into th… find out more

Ali Smith on Why We Write

28 June 2022

Join us for an evening with Ali Smith and Sarah Wood as they discuss why we write today, politics, fiction and Orwell. There will be a screening of the film Why We Write, a film made in collaboration by Ali and Sarah, a well as discussion of Ali's Season… find out more