The best political writing, past and present

‘What I have most wanted to do… is to make political writing into an art’

- George Orwell, Why I Write

George Orwell’s astonishing legacy stretches across fiction, non-fiction, and journalism, from his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm to Homage to Catalonia, The Road to Wigan Pier and the peerless essays.

At The Orwell Foundation, we believe Orwell’s work is uniquely relevant to our changing world - and the perfect introduction to the power of political writing. Our mission is to keep his rich legacy alive today.

The Orwell Foundation Substack showcases the best political writing, past and present. You’ll hear directly from the journalists and writers involved in the Orwell Prizes, the UK’s leading prizes for political writing and reporting, as well as from our Orwell Youth Fellows, previous winners of the Orwell Youth Prize.

We also publish new writing on George Orwell’s life and work, reviews of the latest Orwell-related books, and occasional updates about other Foundation activities.

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The Orwell Foundation

The official charity promoting the work and values of the author and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950).