The Society

The Orwell Society is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of George Orwell, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This is the pre-eminent society devoted to Orwell – and is open to all worldwide. The Society is a registered charity in the UK and aims to keep the study of Orwell alive through its educational activities. The Society’s patron is Richard Blair, Orwell’s adopted son.

Since Orwell died at the tragically young age of 46 in 1950, his reputation as a writer has been mounting: as a prophet, satirist, literary critic and journalist he has few equals. While George Orwell was one of the greatest political writers of all time and the understanding of his work requires the appreciation of both his political writing and the politics of his age The Orwell Society welcomes members from all schools of thought and takes no political position itself.

Those joining the Society will receive the twice yearly Orwell Society Journal. The Society organises trips (for example to Spain to retrace Orwell’s steps as he fought for the Republican side during the Civil War), an annual gathering to mark his birthday at his grave in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire and an AGM to which all members are welcome. By becoming a member you will help to advance the Society’s educational purpose. You can join here.

The Orwell Society is a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1159072)