Videos & Podcasts
Listen: A Nordic Noir - Thomas Rydahl’s The Hermit
Listen to Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.
Listen: Body Politic 2016 - Freedom of Movement
Listen back to Body Politic: Freedom of Movement looking at how censorship affects the language of the body. Dance Umbrella with Free Word, Index on Censorship and One Dance UK.
Listen: Through a Child's Eyes - Swallowing Mercury
Polish writer Wioletta Greg introduced her book Swallowing Mercury, the tale of a girl growing up in communist Poland and trying to make sense of it in her own way.
The Power Of Translation
We believe that translation opens borders and enriches our understanding of other cultures. London is a city in which over 300 languages are spoken and where, for half of our state school students, English is not their first language. The world is filled with inspiring works of literature, but in the UK only a tiny percentage of literature is in translation. We set up The Power of Translation to tackle these issues and more.
Living Dangerously: Stories Of Climate Change
Human activity affects every area of our climate, from the air we breathe and the water we drink, to our ice sheets and glaciers, plants and animals. We see literature and writing as a powerful tool for encouraging people to act on climate change. Living Dangerously brings together writers, scientists, young people and campaigners to explore and discuss the way our climate is changing.
Speaking Freely is a platform for voices which often go unheard. Through this programme we work with communities in the UK and internationally, giving people the chance to explore and challenge attitudes towards political, cultural, religious and environmental issues.
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A New Project: Your Connection is Not Private
We're pleased and excited to announce that we're working with Camden People's Theatre and Coney on a new, immersive theatre show to explore the implications of The Snooper’s Charter.
Listen: Realistic Utopias - Writing for Change
Listen to five new stories and poems from emerging writers that take a personal look at our rapidly changing world. Reflect on whether words can help inspire us to take action.
Realistic Utopias - A Collection of New Writing
Read a new collection of five stories and poems from emerging writers that take a personal look at our rapidly changing world. All five pieces are inspired by discussions that took part during our Weatherfronts event, and aim to spark further change.
Dragonworld: Four Short Stories from China
Read Paper Republic returned to Free Word Centre with another fantastic speed-book clubbing event, this time focused on four fantasy short stories from China. Translator Nicky Harman shares what translators and groups thought of each.
Best Reads of 2016 from Free Word
As the end of the year approaches, we look back at Free Word's best reads of 2016. Here are eight of our favourite essays and blogs by guest writers from around the world.
Listen: Banned Books Week 2016
Why do books get censored? Hear writers and journalists explore this issue in novels, non-fiction and comics during Banned Books Week 2016, and ask what this means for free speech.