Free Word Centre

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Free Word is an international centre for literature, literacy and free expression that celebrates and explores the power of words to change lives. Through our artistic programmes and public events we promote and protect the written and spoken word and provide a space for collaboration, exploration and dissent.

We have three main areas of activity:

  • Our building is a vital meeting place and hub for literature, literacy and free expression organisations. We have six Resident organisations and over 30 Associates;
  • With our Residents, Associates and other partners we present a year round programme of public events – debates, films, conferences and exhibitions – exploring politics, cultural and ideas;
  • Working with local, national and international partners we have developed three major programmes of work, around translation – The Power of Translation; the environment – Living Dangerously: Stories of Climate Change; and democracy –  Speaking Freely.