House Description Free Word promotes literature, literacy and free expression. Hosting organisations, exhibitions and events at its centre in Clerkenwell, Free Word provides audiences with the last word in everything literary. Read more!
Free Word, London
Humanity on the move Free Word, in association with Counterpoint Arts, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants & a fantastic cast of renowned international authors, presents an evening of discussion and stories, centred around newly arrived communities, the experience of leaving home and what happens to us when we arrive in a new place.
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Do we need them or would we be better off without them? What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?". Watch the recording!
What is Europe? While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays? Watch the video highlights!
Behind the wall Award winning young Russian author Alisa Ganieva speaks to the Queen's Gold Medal poet Imtiaz Dharker and BBC journalist Kirsty Lang about her work and life, politics, culture and language in the Russian Republic of Dagestan. Listen to the recording!
Rethinking economics Climate change awareness has moved on leaps and bounds this millenium, but our lifestyles continue to be fossil fuelled, our foodstuffs unsustainably harvested and our companies focused on destructive models of wealth and resource extraction. What impact are these approaches having and how can we respond to form an economically sound and socially justifiable future beneficial to us all? Watch the video highlights!
The human face of radicalisation Extremism of all shades is becoming an increasing problem in Europe and home grown jihadism is no exception. With more than 4,000 European fighters estimated to be active in Syria/Iraq, people are asking what motivates them to leave their homes for a war zone. To find out, join Free Word, Deeyah Khan and a series of Islamic experts on extremism. Listen to the recording!
Survival of the richest? As climate change starts to affect the way we live, we're all starting to think about to adapt to the changing circumstances. However, a new book suggests that our military and corporate elites are a step ahead and are already planning how to secure their futures in ways that will impact upon as all. Listen to the recording!
Forged in the fires of discontent Free Word and Penned in the Margins show us the Greek crisis from another perspective, introducing us to the voices of a new generation of Greek poets, whose talents have developed and been inspired by the turbulent events around them. Listen to the recording!
A question of maturity In light of the recent Scottish referendum, the Free Word Centre takes a closer look at the UK's voting age and asks, whether we should all trust 16 year olds with suffrage? With participants from the British Youth Council, the Labour party and various youth representative establishments, this debate assesses the viability of the vote for 16 to 18 year olds and its implications. Watch the video highlights!
Tomorrow's climate On the 30th September, the Free Word Centre and the UK Youth Climate Coalition looked at climate change and the choices that face young people, trying to find sources of information they can trust. Watch the video highlights!
Liberties in literature and expression From the 4th-6th June, an array of European literature houses came together in London. In the course of their meeting Free Word opened their doors to members of the public for debates on the role of literature houses in sustaining freedom of expression and the changing dynamic of the relationship between authors and their readers. Listen to the recordings!