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Awards Ceremony 2012

This year’s awards ceremony will start at 6.30pm (drinks), with the winners being announced from 7pm.The ceremony is being held at Church House, Westminster, which hosted the Houses of Parliament during the Second World War and the first meeting of the UN Security Council.

Entry is free, and everyone is welcome. Please feel free to share the invitation – email katriona.lewis@mediastandardstrust.org to reserve a place on the guestlist.

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.

Orwell Prize Shortlist 2012: Announcement and Debate

Speakers

  • Hannah Pool (author and former Guardian writer)
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Independent columnist and winner of the Orwell Prize 2002 for journalism)
  • Rob Berkeley (Director of The Runneymede Trust)
  • Chaired by Brian Cathcart (2012 Orwell Prize journalism judge, winner of 2000 Orwell Prize for books and professor of journalism at Kingston University)
  • Shortlist announcement by Jean Seaton (director of the Orwell Prize)
  • Details

    This year’s Orwell Prize shortlists will be announced at the Boardroom, University of Westminster, Regents Street on Tuesday 24th April, ahead of a debate: Our overwhelmingly white media are inevitably delivering ‘white news’.

    There will be drinks from 6.30pm, with this year’s Orwell Prize shortlists – for the Book Prize, Journalism Prize and Blog Prize – being announced at 7pm. The debate will follow the shortlist announcements.

    Entry is free, but places are limited, so RSVP to katriona.lewis@mediastandardstrust.org is essential. Please feel free to share the invitation with friends and colleagues.

    Shortlist debate image courtesy of Jessy Boon Cowler.

    Oxford 2012: Politics and the press

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    So far, the courtroom drama of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics has featured journalists, editors and victims of press intrusion in the lead roles – but the relationship between politicians and the press will soon be centre stage. A former national political editor, a campaigner for the public inquiry and historian of spin, and former spin doctor and journalist consider what the next act might be for politics and the press.

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    Oxford 2012: The Road to Wigan Pier – 75 years on

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    A classic of reportage, Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and the experiences which featured in it were critical in the development of his political views and commitment to democratic socialism. Our panellists make the journey back to the 1930s, and recount their own experiences of following in Orwell’s footsteps, accompanied along the way by Orwell biographer, D. J. Taylor.

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    Oxford 2012: Homage to Catalonia – the Spanish Civil War

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    75 years ago, George Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War, an experience which was crucial to his later political work, nearly killed him, and formed the basis of Homage to Catalonia. Our experts look back at the Spanish War, and reflect on the past, the present and the future around the conflict’s place in modern European history.

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    Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2012

    The Orwell Prize will be at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival for a fifth year, with three panel discussions. To find out more, and to book tickets, click on the links below.

    Friday 30th March

    Saturday 31st March

    Sunday 1st April

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    Orwell Lecture 2011: Alan Rusbridger – Hacking away at the truth

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    Organised by the Orwell Trust and Birkbeck College, University of London

    The Guardian has been investigating the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World for years, and broke the story about Milly Dowler’s phone this July. With the Leveson Inquiry and countless police investigations now ongoing, Alan Rusbridger lectures on ‘Hacking away at the truth: an investigation and its consequences’.

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    Launch Debate 2012: Writing the Riots

    Image from Beacon Radio on flickr (Creative Commons)

    Image from Beacon Radio on flickr (Creative Commons)

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    This year’s Orwell Prize launched with a debate on ‘Writing the Riots’, at the Frontline Club, London on Wednesday 9 November. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

    • 6.30pm Drinks
    • 7pm Launch of the Orwell Prize 2012 and announcement of judges
    • 7.05pm Discussion, ‘Writing the Riots’

    Entries for this year’s Prize will open on Wednesday 9 November 2011 and close on Wednesday 18 January 2012, for all work published in 2011. The rules are available elsewhere on our website, while the entry forms will become available after the launch on our ‘How to Enter’ page. If you have any queries, please contact gavin.freeguard@mediastandardstrust.org.

    The schedule for this year’s Prize is:

    • 9 November 2011 Launch and launch debate
    • 18 January 2012 Close of submissions
    • 28 March 2012 Longlist announcement
    • 25 April 2012 Shortlist announcement and debate
    • 23 May 2012 Awards ceremony, Church House

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    Cheltenham 2011: The Political Network

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    Political bloggers like Guido Fawkes or Iain Dale have broken stories and shaped public opinion. But what is the future of the political blogger? Has their power begun to wane? Oliver Kamm and Graeme Archer discuss the future of political blogging.

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    Cheltenham 2011: Victorian Values

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    Public debate about poverty today has seen a return of the Victorian-era distinction between the “undeserving” and “deserving” poor. Jose Harris, Shiv Malik and Owen Jones discuss why society is again debating who deserves state support and who doesn’t.

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    Orwell Prize at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

    The Orwell Prize is delighted to be taking at least two events to The Times’ Cheltenham Literature Festival for the first time. We filmed Peter Davison’s talk on Orwell at the Festival last year, and look forward to taking some of our own events there this year. Click on the events below for more information.

    Saturday 15th October

    Sunday 16th October

    Buxton 2011: Is politics corrupted by corrupted language?

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    Sadly, Nick Cohen had to pull out

    Details

    One of George Orwell’s most famous essays, Politics and the English Language, criticises the ‘staleness of imagery’ and ‘lack of precision’, particularly in political writing, where muddled language masks insincerity. ‘If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’. 65 years on, is it still ‘broadly true that political writing is bad writing’? What corruptions of language have appeared in the age of the internet and breaking news? What can be done to reverse the process?

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    Awards Ceremony 2011

    This year’s awards ceremony will start at 6.30pm (drinks), with the winners being announced from 7pm.The ceremony is being held at Church House, Westminster, which hosted the Houses of Parliament during the Second World War and the first meeting of the UN Security Council.

    Entry is free, and everyone is welcome. Please feel free to share the invitation – email gavin.freeguard@mediastandardstrust.org to reserve a place on the guestlist.

    We look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

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    Orwell Prize Shortlist 2011: Announcement and Debate

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    Details

    This year’s Orwell Prize shortlists will be announced at Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf on Tuesday 26th April, ahead of a debate on ‘is it time to make monarchy history?’

    There will be drinks from 6.30pm, with this year’s Orwell Prize shortlists – for the Book Prize, Journalism Prize and Blog Prize – being announced at 7pm. The debate will follow the shortlist announcements.

    Entry is free, but places are limited, so RSVP to gavin.freeguard@mediastandardstrust.org is essential. Please feel free to share the invitation with friends and colleagues.

    Shortlist debate image courtesy of www.lydialeith.com.

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