The Orwell Prize ‘Online’ Ceremony

01 July 2020

  [embed][/embed]   The Orwell Prize 'Telescreen' Ceremony is an exclusive film celebrating the winner's of this year's Orwell Prizes. Introduced by Foundation Chair of Trustee… find out more

Orwell Day: The New Surveillance Era

01 July 2020

In a world that is profoundly transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona are holding Orwell Day again this year with two discussions referring to the present relevance of Orwell’s work. Th… find out more

Tortoise ThinkIn with The Orwell Prize Shortlists

27 May 2020

None of us is thinking about life in quite the same way as we were even a few weeks ago. Politics looks and feels very different too. But the books on this year’s longlist are not about ordinary politics. In fact, most aren’t about mainstream politics… find out more

The Orwell Lecture: How to Predict an Election

19 December 2019

How do you predict a modern election? Has politics shifted irrevocably? Since David Cameron's unexpected majority in 2015, elections and referenda have defied expectations, with pollsters and pundits alike surprised by result of the EU referendum and the … find out more

George Orwell, Sonia Brownell and the Orwell Archive

07 January 2020

Be in the room with exclusive access to the original letters, photographs and objects that connect George Orwell and Sonia Brownell On 13th October 1949, Sonia Brownell and George Orwell were married in University College Hospital, where Orwell was being… find out more

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