Past events

The Orwell Prize Ceremony 2016

The winners of the Orwell Prize 2016 will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on the evening of Thursday 26th May 2016, in Fyvie Hall Read more

Thursday 26 May, 2016
6:30pm

Fyvie Hall
University of Wesminster
Regent Street, London

Shortlist Debate 2016

Click here to see photographs of the event. The shortlists for the Orwell Prize 2016 will be announced at an event on Thursday 21st April Read more

Thursday 21 April, 2016
6:00pm

Boardroom
University of Westminster
Regent Stree

Longlist announcement: The Orwell Prize for Books 2016

The longlist for the Orwell Prize for books 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 8th March 2016. For more information, please contact the administrator at Read more

Wednesday 2 March, 2016
11:15am

The Orwell Lecture 2015

Speaker: Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth Title: Words, War and Reason: Orwell and Thomas Merton on the Crises of Language 6PM start, followed by drinks Read more

Tuesday 17 November, 2015
6:00pm

University College London

The Orwell Prize 2016 opens for entries

Entries for the Orwell Prize 2016 will open on 30th October 2015. Details to follow. In the mean time, take a look at our rules Read more

Friday 30 October, 2015
12:00pm

The Orwell Prize 2016 Launch Debate

  The Orwell Prize 2016 will be launched by Ken Macdonald QC on Wednesday 28th October at the Frontline Club, London W2 1QJ. Following the launch, David Loyn will Read more

Wednesday 28 October, 2015
6:00pm

The Frontline Club
London
W2 1QJ

2015 Prizegiving Event

On the evening of Thursday the 21st of May, the Orwell Prize will hold its annual prizegiving ceremony, in which three prizes will be awarded Read more

Thursday 21 May, 2015
6:30pm

2015 Shortlist debate and announcement

“Is there an Unreported Britain? The democratic deficit and the new contours of want” The Boardroom 309 Regent Street University of Westminster W1B 2HW London Read more

Tuesday 21 April, 2015
6:30pm

The Orwell Prize Longlist 2015: Announcement

  This year’s Orwell Prize longlist will be announced on this website at noon on Wednesday the 25th of March. It will include the longlisted Read more

Wednesday 25 March, 2015
12:00pm

The Broken Glass Ceiling: is gender no longer a barrier to success?

What are the barriers to professional success for women in Britain today? Gender equality has changed dramatically in recent decades, yet misogynies remain, and intragender Read more

Tuesday 2 December, 2014
6:30pm

Anatomy Theatre
Strand Campus
King's College London

The Orwell Lecture 2014

For the annual Orwell Lecture, David Kynaston will discuss ‘Whatever Happened to Social Mobility’, on Wednesday 12 November. David Kynaston is a professional historian who Read more

Wednesday 12 November, 2014
6:30pm

JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Anatomy Building,
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

The Orwell Prize 2015 Launch Debate: What Makes a Political Life?

Winner of the Orwell Prize for Books 2014, Alan Johnson MP, is in conversation with David Davis MP about how politics can shape lives, and Read more

Thursday 23 October, 2014
6:00pm

The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London W2 1QJ

Buxton Festival 2014: The Housing Crisis and the Countryside

The Housing Crisis and the Countryside, ’Buried by a kind of volcanic eruption from the outer suburbs’ (George Orwell, Coming Up For Air). Thursday 24 July, Read more

Thursday 24 July, 2014
2:00pm

Pavillion Arts Centre
St John's Road
Buxton SK17 6BE

‘Adapting Orwell’ with Michael Radford

The Almeida Theatre, in conjunction with The Orwell Prize The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, will be in conversation with Oscar nominated Read more

Wednesday 26 March, 2014
7:30pm

The Almeida Theatre
Islington
N1 1TA

Adapting Orwell, at The Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre, in conjunction with The Orwell Prize The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, will be in conversation with the creators Read more

Thursday 6 March, 2014
7:30pm

The Almeida Theatre
Islington
N1 1TA

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