Welcome to Free Word. Interested in exploring the political and cultural power of words? Join us at an upcoming event or read about the themes we explore.

Our Venue


The lovely café space, situated at the front of Free Word Centre, is run by Community Diner, a not-for-profit social enterprise. The café is open to the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm, serving a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, and a tempting selection of cakes and hot drinks. Here, you can also find a library of translated fiction to enjoy and, in the main hall, art exhibitions.

The main hall is open to Free Word Centre’s Residents and Associates from 9:00am to 9:00pm, a quiet and relaxing space to discuss ideas, work on writing or translation, or simply to engage with Free Word Centre’s programmes. You can become an Associate and use the hall for just a small annual fee.

There is also a lecture theatre where Free Word Centre’s year-round programme of author events, panel discussions and workshops are held. Take a look at our programme for more information on current and forthcoming events.