Location – Free Word Centre
Free Word is many things: a venue, a meeting place, an office space, a thinking space, a place of debate and risk taking, a window to the world, a robust voice for the word . . .
The Literary Consultancy was involved in the founding of the Free Word Centre in London. As one of the Arts Council’s regularly funded organisations, it was given the chance to take part in a series of conversations about what it would mean to have a national and international centre for literature, literacy and free expression in the UK. TLC became engaged in the five-year conversation which ensued before Fritt Ord, a Norwegian Charity, bought 60 Farringdon Road, which now makes up the Free Word Centre. The Arts Council has helped with the running costs of the building,
This has given TLC the chance to expand its literary operations, and offer chances for people writing to come and learn about the publishing industry, meet other writers, practice their craft and benefit from cross fertilisation with the other resident companies. Come and drop in for a coffee to absorb the environment, or even join as an associate. Below is some further information about the Free Word Centre.
We hope you enjoy it. For full information from their site see www.freewordonline.com
The Free Word Centre, the world’s first centre for literature and free expression.
Creative and free expression: the transforming power of words
At Free Word, we know that words matter. Speaking out for what people believe makes us feel human. Having the freedom to read and write what we like gives our lives meaning. We need words not just to live but to flourish.
That is why Free Word works to promote, protect and democratise the power of the written and spoken word, nationally and internationally.
Free Word is a place where media meets literature which brings people together to work collaboratively. People who are involved in literature, literacy and free expression are brought together with our unique programmes, events and attractive facilities, which include a lecture theatre, various meeting rooms, atrium and a café.
Free Word is many things: a venue, a meeting place, an office space, a thinking space, a place of debate and risk taking, a window to the world, a robust voice for the word. At Free Word you will hear known and unknown voices, the expected and the unexpected, and will be encouraged to engage with debate and controversy. And for the first time literature, literacy and free expression organisations will be working under one roof.
Resident Organisations and Associates
Together with the charity Free Word, there are nine organisations resident at the Free Word Centre:
- Apples & Snakes
- Article 19
- English PEN
- Index on Censorship
- The Arvon Foundation
- The Literary Consultancy
- The Reading Agency
- Dalkey Archive
The first eight are founder organisations, part of the original consortium which helped evolve the concepts behind the Free Word Centre. They have developed close links with each other and some exciting ideas for collaborative work. They will play an important part in events, conferences, debates, readings etc. They will also help attract to Free Word a diverse range of new associates and partners.