Long Term Projects – Free Word Centre

Free Word Centre

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road, London
The Free Word Centre opened in September 2009, and is located on Farringdon Road, London, in what used to be the Guardian Newsroom Building. In addition to offices for six cooperating organisations in the field of freedom of expression and literary debate (including Article 19 and English PEN) the building is used for events, seminars and meetings.


Jihad: A British Story by Deeyah Khan. Film screening and panel discussion

Alyas Karmani
Free Word in collaboration with Fritt Ord and the Royal Norwegian Embassy invites the public to a screening of Jihad on Wednesday 10 Feb 2016, 6:30pm in the Free Word Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Road, London.
From the Free Word webpage:

Join us for a screening of Deeyah Khan's powerful film, Jihad, which explores the roots of Islamic radicalisation in the UK. The screening will be followed by a discussion, involving Deeyah and some of those featured in Jihad, chaired by lawyer and cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi.

The film was screened at a similar event at Fritt Ord in Oslo on 25 August 2015. Please email info@freewordcentre.com for seat reservation. 

What is Free Word today?

Free Word Centre opened in September 2009 and is based at 60 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London, a neighbourhood that has a rich history of creativity and dissent.

The buildings were previously developed by the Guardian newspaper as a beautiful nineteenth century Newsroom, Archive building and visitor centre. Free Word moved in during 2008, undertaking refurbishment works in 2013 to improve facilities, spaces and public access.
Free Word is the only international centre for literature, literacy and free expression in the world. It develops local, national and international collaborations that explore the transformative power of words. The centre is a hub for work, study and discussion; it provides flexible meeting rooms, exhibition and event spaces, a lecture theatre, and a lively public café. 

Politics & Olympics – Ideals and Realities

Photo by Alberto Duman
The Fritt Ord Foundation and the Free Word Centre, London, invite the public to the opening of the exhibition entitled POLITICS & OLYMPICS – Ideals and Realities at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 May, at the Free Word Centre at 60 Farringdon Road, London.

The photo exhibition and the related series of events will explore the complex relationship between politics and the Olympics. The project coincides with this year's Olympic Games in London, scheduled to open on 27 July. The exhibition shows how the Olympics have been an arena for political demonstrations, reflecting current political topics such as women's rights, racism, nationalism and globalisation.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has taken the initiative for and funded the exhibition and programme of events. The exhibition is being co-curated by Stephen Escritt and Nayia Yiakoumaki, and it will be on display at the Free Word Centre from 1 May–8 September 2012. The exhibition will also be hosted by Newcastle Central Library and Nottingham Central Library.

Free Word Centre to open in London

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road, London
The new Free Word Centre will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2009, at 60 Farringdon Road in London, with participation from the Fritt Ord Foundation. The property used to be the Guardian Newsroom Building.

In Norway, freedom of expression is largely determined by international policy, legislation and media trends. For that reason, since the 1970s, the Fritt Ord Foundation has maintained professional relations with and provided support for three London-based organisations: Index on Censorship, Article 19 and International PEN. All of them have world-wide activities. They recently played a prominent part in the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression organised from 1 to 6 June 2009 in Oslo. The Fritt Ord Foundation was co-organiser and initiator: expressionforum.org.

In recent years, freedom of expression has been curtailed in a number of countries. Accordingly, there is a need for far better contact and cooperation across national frontiers among organisations dedicated to promoting freedom of expression. To be able to act more clearly and to put forward even more cogent arguments on behalf of free speech, it was decided that nine organisations would locate their offices under the same roof in central London.