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The transformative power of words

About us


Free Word is a charity and depends on continuing support from a wide range of individuals and organisations. Income from hiring our space makes up about 25% of our income – for the rest we are reliant on the generosity of others.

We are grateful to our core funders, Fritt Ord and the Arts Council for their continued support of our activities. Amongst other things they allow us to staff the building and provide a home to our Residents and Associates. 

We are also grateful to the individuals and organisations that help us fund our programmes. Without their support we could not support a year round programme of events, our online work and our Lines of Enquiry projects.  

If you are interested in supporting Free Word please email Tricia at

We would like to thank all the following funders for their suport of Free Word:

As well as those who have chosen not to have their names displayed.

  • Fritt Ord

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    Fritt Ord is a Norwegian foundation devoted to promoting freedom of expression. Founded in 1974, its activities span media, journalism, arts and culture. As well managing initiatives and distributing grants and prizes to support its aims, Fritt Ord established Oslo’s House of Literature in 2005.

    In 2007 Fritt Ord purchased 60 Farringdon Road from the Guardian Media Group to accommodate the newly founded Free Word Centre and nine resident organisations working across literature, literacy and free expression.

  • Arts Council England

    Arts Council England's Logo

    Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives.

    Arts Council England provides regular funding for Free Word and six of the Centre’s seven resident organisations.