Free Word works internationally to bring together communities, organisations and individuals through the belief that words change lives.
The building that is now Free Word Centre has seen its way through a creative transformation over the years. Since it was built in 1875, it has been a wheelwright’s workshop, studios for music education and filmmaking and, most recently, the Guardian’s archive and education/exhibition centre. Even its location, on Farringdon Road, is brimming with a rich history in literature and politics; from the 1870s to the 1990s, bookstalls lined the street.
In 2009, Free Word moved in, and, after refurbishing in 2014, Free Word Centre has become a vibrant hub for literature. The café and lecture theatre are open to the public, a nourishing space for you to think, engage with new ideas and spark up challenging discussions. There is also a main hall for our Residents and Associates to work and collaborate in.