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Next generation of political writers attend inspirational Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day

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The Orwell Youth Prize Celebrated a successful year of workshops and over 100 prize entrants at a day-long event on Friday 24th June. Prizes were awarded to young writers who had submitted entries inspired by Orwell’s words: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.

  • Over 150 guests attended the Orwell Youth Prize Celebration Day 2016 at Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Day celebrates a year of workshops in schools, and the achievements of over 100 entrants aged 14 – 18
  • Some of the country’s best journalists and writers were present to give workshops and seminars to the students in attendance.
  • TV presenter Rick Edwards chaired debate on young people and voting in the wake of the EU referendum
  • Six winners announced

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Over 150 young people and their guests and teachers travelled from schools across the country to Pembroke College at the University of Oxford for the day, at which TV presenter Rick Edwards chaired a debate on young people and voting, and journalists and writers Delia Jarrett-Macaulay, Iona Craig, Tom Sperlinger and Louise Tickle led seminars on writing and the experiences and processes behind their work.

 

Over 100 young people entered pieces into the writing prize, and those who requested it were provided with bespoke feedback on their drafts. Alongside the winners, 13 runners up received prizes, and 14 young people were highly commended.

The entries ranged from spoken word poetry about race and racism and an essay about the education system in the lower age category to essays about ‘No Platforming’ and disability benefit in the older age category.

841A2344The winners were chosen by judge Amelia Gentleman, social affairs writer for the Guardian and winner of the Orwell Prize for political writing, and Professor Jean Seaton, chair of the Orwell Prize and Official BBC Historian. Amelia Gentleman said “There was a wide and wonderfully imaginative interpretation of the brief by entrants. It was exciting to read the entries. The energy and ambition of those who took part was striking. Some of the winning entries were provocative, others were startlingly original; all were fascinating to read”

841A2023Mick Callanan, Delivery Director, said The talk in workshops all around the country, with students as young as Year 9 and as ready-to-leave as Year 13, has been a model, in its combination of careful listening, logical reasoning and deeply held beliefs…One of the great pleasures of running the workshops was hearing the initial ideas of young people – and then seeing them re-work and redraft to get it ‘just right’.  Our entrants have striven to think deeply about the theme, deeply about their world and deeply about themselves.  Orwell would, I dare guess, be proud of the intellectual and thoughtful England to which they aspire”

 

 

 

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  1. The Orwell Youth Prize is a registered charity (no. 1156494) under the auspices of the Orwell Prize. The Orwell Prize (registered charity no. 1161563) is the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing.
  2. The Orwell Youth Prize aims to support and inspire a new generation of politically engaged young writers through workshops, debates, online resources and the awarding of prizes.
  3. 114 young people entered the Orwell Youth Prize in 2016.
  4. In 2015 – 2016, The Orwell Youth Prize delivered 24 workshops in schools across the country.
  5. Writers and journalists who have given workshops this year include Alison Holt (BBC), Mark Townsend (The Guardian), Rebecca Omonira (OpenDemocracy.net) and James Ball (Buzzfeed).

Gideon Rachman and Iona Craig win The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016

 

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The winners of the Orwell Prize 2016 were announced today, Thursday 26th May 2016.

 

  • Two journalists share the award for Journalism: Financial Times’ Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist Gideon Rachman and freelance journalist Iona Craig.
  • Judges decide to jointly award the prize for “two distinct schools of journalism”:
  • Craig, a former jockey, wins for frontline reporting on the conflict in Yemen.
  • Rachman’s prize-winning portfolio contains “Olympian” commentary on and analysis of international politics

The Orwell Prize rewards the writing that comes closest to achieving Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing an art’. The winners will share the £3000 prize, which was presented today at a ceremony in Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster.

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s son, presented each winner with a trophy exclusively designed and made by three second-year design students at Goldsmiths University: Tom Morgan, Archie Harding and Panaigiotis Tzortzopolous.

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016 were Frances Cairncross, John Lloyd and Richard Tait.

Frances Cairncross, one of the judges, comments: “The winners demonstrate the very best of two distinct schools of journalism. Gideon Rachman, on the staff of the Financial Times, reflects with Olympian perception on the larger currents of the news, moving thoughtfully between continents and countries. Iona Craig is a freelance journalist, writing with immense courage about one of the least reported and most dangerous conflicts of our age. She has been one of the very few journalists to brave the conflict in Yemen and draw its horrors to global attention”

John Lloyd, a fellow judge, said The Orwell Prize attracts much of the best political writing in the UK – of every kind. Iona Craig’s journalism is close textured, compassionate and campaigning, exposing the real consequences of the shrinking of socially funded justice. Gideon Rachman provides dispassionate and acutely observed views of the world’s large events, providing the reader with some orientation in a world undergoing rapid transformations”.

Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, said: “It has become tradition for students from our department to design and make the Orwell Prize trophy. Tom, Archie and Panaigiotis have worked together to create something that resonates with the rhetoric of the George Orwell prize: creative, stylish, symbolic, a piece of art in its own right.”

 

For further information, images and interviews please contact Stephanie Le Lievre at the Orwell Prize

Tel: 0207 848 7930

Email: stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk

 

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, prizes are awarded to the book and journalism entries which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
  2. For more information, please see our website www.theorwellprize.co.uk
  3. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for books and journalism first published in the calendar year 2015. All entries must have a clear link to the UK and Ireland, such as residency or citizenship of the author, or first publication. The Prizes are self-nominating. Someone involved in the creation of the work should be responsible for entering it – this may be, for example, the author, editor, or publisher.
  4. The Orwell Prize for Journalism received 109 entries in 2016.
  5. The Prize was founded by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick 1993, awarding its first prizes in 1994.
  6. The Orwell Prize is sponsored and supported by Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair.
  7. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. For more information, please see https://www.jrf.org.uk/
  8. The Director of the Orwell Prize is Professor Jean Seaton
  9. The Orwell Prize is a registered charity (no. 1161563).

Nicci Gerrard wins The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016

The winner of the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 was announced today, Thursday 26th May 2016.

  • Nicci Gerrard wins the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils for her reporting on the care and understanding of dementia patients in the UK in The Observer and on social media.
  • The Prize, for social issues reporting across two or more platforms, is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Gerrard’s reporting and the associated ‘John’s Campaign’ for the right to stay with people with dementia in hospital have raised the issues onto the policy agenda.
  • Her writing and the campaign were motivated by the decline in hospital of Gerrard’s father, Dr John Gerrard, who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Nicci Gerrard received the £3000 prize at a ceremony in Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster.

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s son, presented each winner with a trophy exclusively designed and made by three design students at Goldsmiths University: Tom Morgan, Archie Harding and Panaigiotis Tzortzopolous.

Julia Unwin, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and one of the judges, said “Nicci Gerrard raises fundamental questions about how we, as a society, treat people with dementia.  A lack of humanity, dignity and respect in the delivery of public services is a modern day social evil that can have devastating consequences for individuals and leave families confused, isolated and frightened for the safety of their loved ones. Nicci’s own personal experience adds an authenticity and sense of urgency to her journalism, at the same time, she eloquently reminds us of the role of culture and the importance of authentic representation to challenge stereotypes and open up debate about difficult and complex issues.  Her work is both bold and practical and a shining example of the role of journalism in exposing today’s social evils.”

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 were Julia Unwin, Nicholas Timmins and Emily Ashton.

Nicci Gerrard is novelist and the author of Soham: A Story Of Our Times. She also writes with her partner Sean French as Nicci French.

Nicci Gerrard’s winning portfolio ‘Word Fail Us: Dementia and the Arts’ can be found on our website.

Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, said: “It has become tradition for students from our department to design and make the Orwell Prize trophy. Tom, Archie and Panaigiotis have worked together to create something that resonates with the rhetoric of the George Orwell prize: creative, stylish, symbolic, a piece of art in its own right.”

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Stephanie Le Lievre at the Orwell Prize

Tel: 0207 848 7930 

Email: stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk

 

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, prizes are awarded to the book and journalism entries which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
  2. For more information, please see our website www.theorwellprize.co.uk
  3. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for books and journalism first published in the calendar year 2015. All entries must have a clear link to the UK and Ireland, such as residency or citizenship of the author, or first publication. The Prizes are self-nominating. Someone involved in the creation of the work should be responsible for entering it – this may be, for example, the author, editor, or publisher.
  4. The Prize was founded by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick 1993, awarding its first prizes in 1994.
  5. The Orwell Prize is sponsored and supported by Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair.
  6. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. For more information, please see https://www.jrf.org.uk/
  7. The Director of the Orwell Prize is Professor Jean Seaton
  8. The Orwell Prize is a registered charity (no. 1161563).

 

Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia wins The Orwell Prize for Books 2016

The winner of the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 was announced today, Thursday 26th May 2016.

  • Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia (Atlantic Books) wins the Orwell Prize for Books
  • Ostrovsky is a Russian-born British journalist who has spent fifteen years reporting from Russia as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economist.
  • The Invention of Russia is an account of Russia’s post-Soviet transformation from Gorbachev’s freedom to Putin’s war and the central role played by the media in creating Russia’s national narrative.
  • Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was one of the top ten bestselling books in Russia in 2015

The Invention of Russia is published by Atlantic Books. The Orwell Prize rewards the writing that comes closest to achieving Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing an art’.

Arkady Ostrovsky received the £3000 prize at a ceremony in Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster. The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils were also awarded at the event

The Invention of Russia is an account of Russia’s post-Soviet transformation from 1985 to the present day, and the central role played by the media – especially television – in creating Russia’s national narrative. Through original research and interviews, Ostrovsky described “the ideological conflicts, compromises and temptations that have left Russia on a knife edge”.

Russian-born Ostrovsky has spent fifteen years reporting from Moscow and holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. His translation of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia has been published and staged in Russia.

Lord William Waldegrave, chair of the Judges for this year’s Book Prize, said “In a very strong field, Arkady Ostrovsky’s deeply felt and wonderfully knowledgeable account of the genesis of Putin’s Russia stood out as an important and timely book. It is a very worthy winner of the Orwell Prize, dealing as it does with the themes of media manipulation and the control of language, which were very close to George Orwell’s own heart.”

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s son, presented Ostrovsky with a trophy exclusively designed and made by three design students at Goldsmiths University, Tom Morgan, Archie Harding and Panaigiotis Tzortzopolous. The judges for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 were Lord William Waldegrave, Professor Andrew Gamble, David Goodhart and Fiammetta Rocco.

Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, said: “It has become tradition for students from our department to design and make the Orwell Prize trophy. Tom, Archie and Panaigiotis have worked together to create something that resonates with the rhetoric of the George Orwell prize: creative, stylish, symbolic, a piece of art in its own right.”

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Stephanie Le Lievre at the Orwell Prize

stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk        0207 848 7930 

THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA

By Arkady Ostrovsky

Published by Atlantic Books

Publicity Contact: Karen Duffy

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In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev launched Perestroika, opened Russia up to the world, ended the Cold War and gave his people freedom. The demise of the Soviet Union offered hope that Russia would become a ‘normal’, ‘civilized’ country, embracing Western values of democracy and the free market. Thirty years later, Russia emerged as a corporate state, overcome by imperial nationalism, fanned by its authoritarian president Vladimir Putin, who smashed the post-Cold War order and ignited a war on the borders of Europe.

How did a country that liberated itself from seventy years of Soviet rule end up as one of the biggest threats to the West and, above all, to its own future? Why did the people who rejected Communist ideology come to accept state propaganda? In this bold and important book, Arkady Ostrovsky takes the reader on an enthralling journey from Gorbachev’s freedom to Putin’s war, illuminating the key turning points that often took the world by surprise. The main characters are not politicians, however, but those who took charge of the media and the message and invented Russia’s dominant narrative.

From the suddenly wealthy men who came to command the airwaves to the newspaper editors and TV directors, and from the Russian intelligentsia to the Kremlin spin doctors and ideologists, The Invention of Russia shows just how these figures shaped the country during the tumultuous post-Soviet transformation.

As a foreign correspondent in his own country, Ostrovsky has experienced Russia’s modern history first-hand, and through original research and interviews he reveals the ideological conflicts, compromises and temptations that have left Russia on a knife-edge

 

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, prizes are awarded to the book and journalism entries which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
  2. For more information, please see our website www.theorwellprize.co.uk
  3. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for books and journalism first published in the calendar year 2015. All entries must have a clear link to the UK and Ireland, such as residency or citizenship of the author, or first publication. Someone involved in the creation of the work should be responsible for entering it – this may be, for example, the author, editor, or publisher.
  4. The Orwell Prize received 209 entries for the 2016 book prize. In 2015, the Prize received 230 entries.
  5. Previous winners of the Orwell Prize for Books include James Meek (2015), Alan Johnson (2014) and Raja Shehadeh (2008).
  6. The Prize was founded by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick 1993, awarding its first prizes in 1994.
  7. The Orwell Prize is sponsored and supported by Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair.
  8. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. For more information, please see https://www.jrf.org.uk/
  9. The Director of the Orwell Prize is Professor Jean Seaton
  10. The Orwell Prize is a registered charity (no. 1161563).

WIN 1 OF 3 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE THEATRICAL PHENOMENON 1984 AT THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

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Following a sell-out international tour, the five-star smash hit production of Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 is back in London from 14 June. We’re now offering followers of The Orwell Prize the chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to see this acclaimed adaptation of the definitive dystopian novel. April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Orwell’s ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. The “definitive book of the 20th century” (The Guardian) is re-examined in Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s radical and much lauded staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. 1984 Playhouse Theatre Limited season from 14 June – 3 Sep 2016 www.1984theplay.co.uk To enter, visit www.hotticketoffers.com/competition/1984theorwellprize and enter the code ORWELL. The competition closes on Fri 3 June at 5pm. Good luck!

The Orwell Prize for Journalism and for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils were announced today, Thursday 21st April 2016.

  • Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils recognises journalism addressing social issues ranging from revelations about HSBC’s conduct in Switzerland to failings within the NHS.
  • Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils shortlist recognises outstanding and innovative reporting of social issues in the UK across different media outlets
  • Prize for Journalism recognises a variety of journalism from frontline investigative reporting, to important critical analysis and sage comment on a variety of the world’s most important arenas.

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year to the books and journalism which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’. The Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils rewards multi-media journalism featuring original, innovative and insightful reporting on social issues in the UK, and is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The judges for the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016 are Frances Cairncross, John Lloyd and Richard Tait. The judges for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils are Emily Ashton, Nicholas Timmins and Julia Unwin. The shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Books were also announced today. The winner of each £3000 prize will be announced at a ceremony on 26th May 2016. The Orwell Prize was established by the late Sir Bernard Crick in its present form in 1993, awarding its first Prizes in 1994. Past winners include Martin Chulov (2015), Andrew Norfolk (2013) Peter Hitchens (2010) and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (2002). The winner of the inaugural Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2015 was Alison Holt. The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016: Shortlist Oliver Bullough (British GQ, Granta, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4) Iona Craig (Al Jazeera America, BBC Radio 4, The Intercept, RTE Radio 1, The Independent) David Gardner (Financial Times) Shiraz Maher (New Statesman, The Guardian) Douglas Murray (The Spectator, Standpoint) Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) Louise Tickle (The Guardian, Family Law) The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016: Shortlist Michael Buchanan, Investigation into NHS failings (BBC) Financial Times Team: Sally Gainsbury, Sarah Neville, John Burn-Murdoch, The Austerity State (Financial Times) Nicci Gerrard: Words Fail Us (The Observer) Jackie Long, Job Rabkin and Lee Sorrell, Detention Undercover: Inside Yarl’s Wood (Channel 4) Team from the London Evening Standard: David Cohen, Kiran Mensah and Matt Writtle, The Estate We’re In (London Evening Standard) The HSBC Files Journalists: David Pegg, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Leigh, The HSBC Files (The Guardian)   For more information, please contact Stephanie Le Lievre at stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk or on 020 7848 7930

The Orwell Prize 2016 for Books Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 was announced today, Thursday 21st April 2016.

  • Three of the shortlisted books focus on the Middle East: Wendell Steavenson’s Circling the Square, Emma Sky’s The Unravelling and Jason Burke’s The New Threat from Islamic Militancy.
  • Two books from independent publishers Atlantic Books make the shortlist
  • Almost all of the shortlisted books are concerned with ‘chaos’ – from the immersion in it to the attempt to make sense of it.

The Orwell Prize for Books Shortlist 2016 is: The New Threat from Islamic Militancy, by Jason Burke (Bodley Head) Other People’s Money, by John Kay (Profile Books) The Tears of the Rajas, by Ferdinand Mount (Simon and Schuster) The Invention of Russia, by Arkady Ostrovsky (Atlantic Books) The Unravelling, by Emma Sky (Atlantic Books) Circling the Square, by Wendell Steavenson (Granta Books) The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year to the book which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’. The judges for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 are Lord William Waldegrave, Professor Andrew Gamble, David Goodhart and Fiammetta Rocco. Lord Waldegrave joined the judges at the shortlisting stage. The shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils were also announced today. The winner of each £3000 prize will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 26th May 2016. For press tickets please contact stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk. David Goodhart, one of the judges for the Orwell Prize for Books, comments “Apart from Ferdinand Mount’s exploration of the Raj, which has its own continuing relevance, all these books left me feeling a lot better informed, and somewhat more anxious, about several of today’s most pressing issues…and they were all damn good reads. Good writing about the things that matter, what more could you ask for in a short-list!” The Orwell Prize was established by the late Sir Bernard Crick in its present form in 1993, awarding its first Prizes in 1994. Past winners of the Orwell Prize for Books include James Meek (2015), Alan Johnson (2014), Tom Bingham (2011), Andrea Gillies (2010) Raja Shehadeh (2008) and Peter Hennessy (2007). For further information, and for images, please contact Stephanie Le Lievre at the Orwell Prize

Tel: 0207 848 7930 Email: stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk

 

Adjustment to Longlist

The longlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 has been amended due to the ineligibility of THE CROSSING by Samar Yazbek. The book was submitted in error in contravention of our entry criteria. The publishers have withdrawn the entry.

The Orwell Prize for Books 2016: Longlists Announced

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THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR BOOKS 2016 LONGLIST ANNOUNCED

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The Longlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 was announced today, Monday 7th March 2016. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year for the book which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.

  • This year’s wide-ranging longlist features five women and eight men
  • Books from four independent publishing houses longlisted
  • Emma Sky longlisted for her first book

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 are Lord William Waldegrave, Professor Andrew Gamble, David Goodhart and Fiammetta Rocco. Lord Waldegrave joins the judges at the shortlisting stage. The shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Books, the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils will be announced at an event on the evening of Thursday 21st April 2016. The winner of each £3000 prize will be announced at a ceremony at the end of May 2016. The Orwell Prize was established by the late Sir Bernard Crick in its present form in 1993, awarding its first Prizes in 1994. Past winners of the Orwell Prize for Books include James Meek (2015), Alan Johnson (2014), Andrea Gillies (2010) Raja Shehadeh (2008) and Peter Hennessy (2007). The Orwell Prize is also awarded each year for Journalism and for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. The longlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils was announced on Wednesday 2nd March. All the longlists can be found here.  The Orwell Prize for Books 2016: Longlist Andy Beckett, Promised you a Miracle: UK80 – 82 (Allen Lane) Jason Burke, The New Threat from Islamic Militancy (Bodley Head) Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (William Heinemann) Sudhir Hazareesingh, How the French Think (Allen Lane) Steve Hilton, More Human (WH Allen) John Kay, Other People’s Money (Profile Books) Ferdinand Mount, The Tears of the Rajas (Simon and Schuster) Arkady Ostrovsky, The Invention of Russia (Atlantic Books) Emma Sky, The Unravelling (Atlantic Books) Anne-Marie Slaughter, Unfinished Business (Oneworld Publications) Wendell Steavenson, Circling the Square (Granta Books) Gillian Tett, The Silo Effect (Little, Brown) The judges comment: “All of the longlisted books were written out of personal witness. They shared a relationship to the events they described, a holding to account, and they shared a direct, personal engagement with the material.”
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  1. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, prizes are awarded to the book and journalism entries which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
  2. For more information, please see our website www.theorwellprize.co.uk
  3. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for books and journalism first published in the calendar year 2015. All entries must have a clear link to the UK and Ireland, such as residency or citizenship of the author, or first publication. The Prizes are self-nominating. Someone involved in the creation of the work should be responsible for entering it – this may be, for example, the author, editor, or publisher.
  4. The Orwell Prize received 209 entries for the 2016 book prize.
  5. The Prize was founded by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick 1993, awarding its first prizes in 1994.
  6. The Orwell Prize is sponsored and supported by Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair.
  7. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. For more information, please see https://www.jrf.org.uk/
  8. The Director of the Orwell Prize is Professor Jean Seaton
  9. The Orwell Prize is a registered charity (no. 1161563).

 

The Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016: Longlists announced

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Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, were announced today, Wednesday 2nd March 2016. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year to the book and journalism which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’. The Orwell Prize for Journalism is awarded to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary which displays excellence in style and content.

  • Journalism longlist includes reporting from Iona Craig in Yemen, analysis from Rosie Blau in China and David Gardner on the Middle East and commentary on British Politics from Rachel Sylvester.
  • Longlistees in with a chance to join previous winners such as Timothy Garton Ash, Peter Hitchens, Marie Colvin, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Matthew Parris.

This is the second year that the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, which is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will be awarded. The new prize rewards multi-media journalism featuring original, innovative and insightful reporting on social issues in the UK.

  • The soon-to-be digital only Independent has been successful with two long-listed entries, while other successful entries come from a variety of other media outlets including the Bureau of Investigative Journalislm, Vice News and openDemocracy.net.
  • Longlist features campaigns including those from London Evening Standard and the Observer.

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 are  Julia Unwin, Nicholas Timmins, Emily Ashton and Faisal Islam. The judges for the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016 are Frances Cairncross, Richard Tait and John Lloyd. Shortlists will be announced at an event featuring previous winner Andrew Norfolk on Thursday 21st April 2016. The winner of each £3000 prize will be announced at a Prize Ceremony at the end of May 2016. The Orwell Prize is also awarded each year for a book. The longlist for the Orwell Prize for books 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 8th March 2016. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016: Longlist Michael Buchanan, Investigation into NHS Failings (BBC) Sanchia Berg, Producing babies for the care system: breaking the cycle (BBC) Daniel Douglas, London’s Secret Exodus of the Poor (The Independent) Emily Dugan, Priced out of Justice (The Independent) Financial Times Team: Sally Gainsbury, Sarah Neville, John Burn-Murdoch, The Austerity State (The Financial Times) Nicci Gerrard, Words fail us: Dementia and the arts (The Observer) Alys Harte, Jonathan Coffey and Andrew Head, The Great Housing Benefit Scandal (BBC) Jackie Long, Job Rabkin and Lee Sorrell, Detention Undercover: Inside Yarl’s Wood (Channel 4) Penny Marshall and Disability News Service, Work Capability: Michael O’Sullivan’s Story (ITV) Maeve McClenaghan, The journey never ends: how the UK treats asylum seeking children (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Vice News, openDemocracy.net) Team from the London Evening Standard: David Cohen, Matt Writtle, Kiran Mensah, The Estate We’re In (London Evening Standard) The HSBC Files Journalists: David Pegg, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Leigh, The HSBC Files (The Guardian)   The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016: Longlist James Astill, The Economist Rosie Blau, The Economist Oliver Bullough, British GQ, Granta, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 Iona Craig, Al Jazeera America, BBC Radio 4, The Intercept, RTE Radio 1, The Independent David Gardner, Financial Times Shiraz Maher, New Statesman, The Guardian Douglas Murray, The Spectator, Standpoint Peter Oborne, The Spectator, Standpoint, The Daily Mail, BBC Radio 4, Middle East Eye, The Daily Telegraph Gideon Rachman, Financial Times David Smith, The Guardian The Sunday Times Insight Team: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott and David Collins, The Sunday Times Rachel Sylvester, The Times Louise Tickle, The Guardian, Family Law     The Judges for the Orwell Prize for Journalism said “We were struck by the sheer range of publications producing wonderful work and incisive commentary from the local community papers through to international heavyweight press. We were impressed by the number of interesting young journalists reflecting the diversity of modern Britain. We could easily have produced a list twice the length of the present one and each of us felt profound regret at some of the names we had to cross off the list”. Dame Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a judge for the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils said “The quality of the entries this year is so impressive, and indicates clearly that the focus of journalism on Britain’s social evils is both effective and engaged. Journalism shines a bright light on that which is frequently uncomfortable but needs to be exposed – this year’s submissions do that powerfully.” For more information, please see www.theorwellprize.co.uk or contact the administrator at stephanie.lelievre@theorwellprize.co.uk or on 0207 848 7930   Ends Notes to editors:

  1. The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, prizes are awarded to the book and journalism entries which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
  2. For more information, please see our website www.theorwellprize.co.uk
  3. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for books and journalism first published in the calendar year 2015. All entries must have a clear link to the UK and Ireland. The Prizes are self-nominating. Someone involved in the creation of the work should be responsible for entering it – this may be, for example, the author, editor, or publisher.
  4. The Prize was founded by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick 1993, awarding its first prizes in 1994.
  5. Previous winners of the Orwell Prize for Journalism include Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (2002), Peter Hitchens (2010), Amelia Gentleman (2012) and Martin Chulov (2015).
  6. Alison Holt was the winner of the inaugural Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils for her reporting of care of the elderly and vulnerable.
  7. The Orwell Prize is sponsored and supported by Political Quarterly, AM Heath and Richard Blair.
  8. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils is sponsored and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. or more information, please see https://www.jrf.org.uk/
  9. The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2016 received 109 entries. 30% of entrants were women. 30% of the longlisted entrants are women.
  10. The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2016 received 37 entries. 44% of entrants were women. 47% of the longlisted entrants are women.
  11. The Director of the Orwell Prize is Professor Jean Seaton
  12. The Orwell Prize is a registered charity (no. 1161563).

 

The Orwell Prize 2016 Launches and Announces Judges

  • Second Year of Joseph Rowntree Foundation – sponsored Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils
  • Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils to be judged by Emily Ashton, Faisal Islam, Nicholas Timmins, Julia Unwin
  • Book prize to be judged by Andrew Gamble, David Goodhart, Fiammetta Rocco and William Waldegrave
  • Journalism prize to be judged by Frances Cairncross, John Lloyd and Richard Tait
  • Prize will open for entries on 30th October 2015
  • Prize will close for entries on 15th January 2016

You can read about the judges here. The Orwell Prize 2016 was launched on the evening of Wednesday 28th October, at a debate at the Frontline Club titled ‘Something must be done’: The Challenges of Aid and the Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis. There will be three 2016 prizes awarded: the Book Prize, the Journalism Prize and the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils (supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation). The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, said “We are delighted to launch the Orwell Prize for 2015 with a debate about such a difficult issue. We look forward to a year developing our Unreported Britain project and our new Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, supported by the JRF. We hope to provide you with the best and most challenging reads of the year.” Lord Ken Macdonald QC, Chair of The Orwell Prize’s Board of Trustees said “The Orwell Prize exists to recognise and promote the value that political writing brings to Britain’s public and cultural life. Over generations, political writers have fed Britain’s intellect, making us a noisier, less reverent country, inspiring reform and reaction, insight and debate. Sharing Orwell’s belief in the importance of this art form, the Prize salutes each year the finest examples that its judges can find”. The launch of the Prize was followed by a debate between Andrew Mitchell MP (Former Secretary of State for International Development), Suzanne Franks (Professor of Journalism at City University and author of Reporting Disasters) Ian Birrell (journalist and foreign correspondent) and Jonathan Foreman (author of Aiding and Abetting). The debate was chaired by David Loyn (BBC Foreign Correspondent). Following the launch, The Orwell Prize 2016 will open for entries on Friday 30th October 2015. The Orwell Prize 2016 is for work published in 2015, and will close for entries on 15 January 2016. Full entry details can be found on the Orwell Prize website from 30th October 2015. All entries must have a clear relationship with the UK or Ireland, and there is no charge at any point to enter any of the Prizes. Longlists will be announced in March 2016, and the shortlists will be announced in April 2016. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in May 2016. The prizes are awarded to the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. Each winner receives £3000 and a trophy commissioned by students at Goldsmiths, University of London.   Press-Release-2016-Launch-281015.pdf (1 download)

Applications close for administrator of the Orwell Prize

Applications for the position of administrator of the Orwell Prize, which opened for submissions on a rolling basis on 7 July 2015, are now closed. Please contact Alex Bartram at alex.bartram@theorwellprize.co.uk or 0207 848 7930 with any comments or queries.

The Orwell Prize opens applications for administrator

Update 31/07/2015: Please note that applications for this position are now closed.   The Orwell Prize is looking for a new full-time administrator. £25,000 p.a. (one year contract, with an initial three month probationary period). The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It has expanded significantly over the last decade, and has this year launched a social policy reporting prize, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The Orwell Prize aims to educate, for the public benefit, through cultural events, debates, online resources, and the provision of annual prizes.

Job Description

Running the Orwell Prize requires a sharp eye for detail and a wider strategic sense of the mission of the prize. It is a unique opportunity for someone with a keen interest in political writing and literature and a talent for administration. The ideal candidate will have an excellent eye for detail and the drive to work independently and as part of a small team. The role will also include assisting with the administration of the Orwell Youth Prize, a separate charity set up to bring the work and values of George Orwell to young people aged 14-18 around the country. Everything we do attempts to embody Orwell’s values. This goes from the everyday courtesy of treating people decently, to the transparent and defendable way our judging is done, to the grander ambition to avoid clichés and fashions, while remaining true to a radical impulse. It has managed in a very short time to turn itself into an institution, and is continuing to expand and professionalise.   Applicants should have:

  • An interest in politics, journalism, literature, and media
  • Experience in the administration of charities or small organisations
  • Excellent organisational and research skills
  • A commitment to Orwell’s values
  • Some knowledge of the life and works of George Orwell and a willingness to learn more

  Applicants will be required to:

  • Organise entries and administration of the Prize and the Youth Prize
  • Liaise with judges, entrants, publishers, and media organisations for both prizes
  • Arrange publicity for both prizes
  • Organise all aspects of events, debates, lectures, and prize ceremonies
  • Run the Orwell Prize websites, social media, and mailing lists
  • Work with partner organisations to expand the Prize and develop new ventures
  • Support the Director and Council of the Orwell Prize and the Board of the Orwell Youth Prize
  • With the support of the governing council, the Director, and the accountant, oversee the budget, accounts, and relationships with sponsors
  • Administrate both Charities (preparing minutes and agendas, overseeing Charitable Objectives, working closely with the Chair of the Trustees, overseeing governing documents)

Applications

Please send a CV and covering letter to Edward Crane, at recruitment@theorwellprize.co.uk Applicants should use the covering letter to demonstrate how they fulfil the five characteristics detailed above (‘Applicants should have…’). This vacancy will be filled through a rolling recruitment process. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will commence before the closing date. Early application is strongly advised. Applications will close Friday 28 August 2015.