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The Orwell Foundation Youth Prize Launch

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Join us on campus for a fantastic workshop tailored to your chosen creative pathway and take part in the launch of the 2023 Orwell Youth Prize.

The Orwell Foundation are coming to Sunderland to join in our celebration of the life of Orwell's first wife, Eileen O'Shaughnessy, who went to school here.  Eileen went on to influence and edit his best-known works, such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four.

The University of Sunderland and the Orwell Youth Prize will be hosting a day of interactive workshops, across a range of creative sessions, responding to the 2023 Orwell Youth Prize theme, which will be announced on the day. The day will culminate in group presentations to local influencers. Participants will also get the chance to ask questions to Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, in a press conference set-up. Students will experience a day on a university campus, get an introduction to Orwell’s work, and be inspired and supported to enter the Orwell Youth Prize.


Students will have the opportunity to take part in one of five interactive sessions to develop their creative skills that will also feed into their GCSE and A Level studies. The workshops are as follows:

  • English- Flash Fiction
  • Journalism- writing a news feature
  • Film and Media- Scriptwriting
  • Game Design
  • Art- creative work inspired by Orwell

During this the winner of The Orwells and the Legacy of 1984 will receive their prize and the new Orwell Youth Prize will launch.


About the Orwell Youth Prize 

The Orwell Youth Prize is a political writing prize for young people aged 12-18. Rooted in George Orwell's values of integrity and fairness, the prize is designed to introduce young people to the power of language and provoke them to think creatively and critically about the world in which they are living. 

For more information, visit their website www.orwellyouthprize.co.uk or email admin@orwellyouthprize.co.uk.

This event is open to year 11, year 12 and year 13 school group bookings. When booking you will need to select the workshop you would like to book onto.

Please note sessions do have a capacity.