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George Orwell at the BBC

10 November 2017

On Tuesday 7th November a statue of George Orwell was unveiled in the piazza of the BBC's New Broadcasting House by Baroness Whitaker and Orwell's son, Richard Blair. The statue, which is the work of sculptor Martin Jennings, was commissioned and paid for… find out more

Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing: The Orwell Prize 2018

09 November 2017

The Orwell Prize 2018 is now open The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing, awarded to work which comes the closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. The Orwell Foundation awards pr… find out more

Announcing the Orwell Lectures 2017: Grayson Perry & A.L. Kennedy

12 October 2017

The Orwell Foundation’s flagship lecture – which has attracted notable speakers including Ian Hislop (2016), Dr Rowan Williams (2015) and Dame Hilary Mantel – has been given annually since 1989, originally in Birkbeck and Sheffield, but has recently… find out more

The New Poverty

14 September 2017

The Orwell Foundation will be hosting a debate to mark the launch of Stephen Armstrong's The New Poverty (3rd October, Verso). Stephen's book draws on stories written for Unreported Britain, a project from the Orwell Foundation in collaboration with th… find out more

Announcing the winners of the Orwell Prize 2017

15 June 2017

The Winners of the Orwell Prizes 2017 were announced today at the Orwell Prize Ceremony, held at UCL. The Orwell Prizes reward the writing that comes closest to achieving English writer George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an ar… find out more

1984 Live

08 June 2017

In order of appearance, the Readers of 1984 Live were: Richard Blair George Orwell’s adopted son Archie Blair George Orwell’s great-grandson Gavin Blair George Orwell’s grandson Bill Hamilton Literary Agent. Executor of the O… find out more

Come on board: the Orwell Foundation is hiring

26 May 2017

The Orwell Foundation is recruiting for the role of Programmes Manager. We are looking for a Programmes Manager to manage the day-to-day running of the Foundation’s activities and the Orwell Youth Prize. The role is predominantly project management a… find out more

Announcing the Orwell Prize 2017 Shortlists

15 May 2017

The shortlists for the Orwell Prizes 2017 were announced today at a special shortlist lecture by Ruth Davidson MSP, co-hosted by the Constitution Unit, University College London. Following a year in which Orwell's name has returned to the heart of politic… find out more

The Orwell Prizes for Books, Journalism and Exposing Britain's Social Evils: Announcing the 2017 Orwell Prize Longlists

16 March 2017

Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Books, Journalism and Britain's Social Evils were announced today, following a year in which George Orwell's name has returned to the heart of political discourse. 14 books were longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Books… find out more

The Orwell Prize announces 2017 events programme

03 November 2016

Today The Orwell Prize released an expanded events programme for 2017 in celebration of its move to UCL, announcing a series of lectures alongside its usual Prize events. The Orwell Prize Lectures 2017 The Orwell Lecture 2017: A. L. Kennedy, writer… find out more