Free Word centre attracts nine literature organisations

<p>Nine organisations devoted to free expression are this month moving into the new Free Word centre based at 60 Farringdon Road in London EC1&mdash;formerly the Guardian newsroom.</p><p>Free Word is a charity supported by the Arts Council and the Norwegian Foundation Fritt Ord (Freedom of Speech). The centre has been set up with the aim of encouraging organisations to collaborate in promoting creative and free expression, with Ursula Owen acting as its project director since 2004. Opening formally in September, the centre will run a programme of seminars, workshops and performances, and offer its venues - including a lecture theatre, meeting rooms and caf&eacute; - to outside users.</p><p>Those moving into the centre include: Index on Censorship, English PEN, Article 19, The Reading Agency, Arvon, manuscript assessment service The Literary Consultancy, the Dalkey Archive Press UK.</p><p>Book Trust and performance poetry organisation Apples &amp; Snakes will also have permanent bases in the centre, but will remain in their existing premises.<br /></p>