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.


Thank you to all our supporters and funders for making a difference. With your help, Free Word can create new projects with artists, young people and communities. We can continue to offer a space for pioneering organisations working across literature, literacy and free expression. 

Core funders:

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 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.



Free Word Pioneers

Tim Duffy

Hollick Family Charitable Trust

Free Word Creatives

Peter Kosminsky

Bryan Savery

Philip Tranter

Free Word Friends

Rose Fenton

Prue Skene

Corporate Supporters

BWB Foundation

Royal Mail


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