The Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism: now open for entries
If you’re a journalist, critic, blogger or writer interested in examining the arts, you could win a first prize of £3000 and have your work published in the Observer. Find out more and enter by 30 November 2017.
A Goodbye from Our Programme Producer, Sophie
Free Word bids farewell and good luck to our exceptional Programme Producer, Sophie Wardell, as she moves on to pastures new...
Stephen Watts on Co-Translation
Acclaimed poet, editor and translator, Stephen Watts, shares his views on the art and power of co-translation.
City Book, Country Book: Catalan Literature in Translation
We asked the speakers from our Translation from Outside the Metropolis event to explore the topic further. Here, Mary Ann Newman, a translator of Catalan and Spanish, explores rural and urban issues in Catalan literature.
Translation from Outside the Metropolis – Alys Conran
We asked the speakers from our Translation from Outside the Metropolis event to explore the topic further. Here, Alys Conran, an author from North Wales, explores the assumptions made about writing from rural areas.
The Winners! 2016-17 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
Free Word is delighted to partner for the first time with the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism celebrating unpublished arts and culture review. Here we share the announcement of the winning entries for the fifth year of the prize.
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.
The History and Future of Climate Change Novels
For the launch of Realistic Utopias – a collection of new writing on our rapidly changing world – we asked Mary Woodbury to take us through the history (and future) of books exploring our environment and climate change.
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.
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.
#COP22poem: A Climate of Creativity
As part of the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) Dan Simpson crowdsourced this poem; we asked you to join in to help us create a brand new climate change-themed poem authored by you, the global community.
Climate Changed: Five Fictional Survival Guides
Our climate and our world are changing rapidly around us, a fact that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Mary Woodbury, creator of eco-fiction.com, shares five books to help us harness human nature for the greater environmental good.