Eight literary and 'free expression' organisations have joined together to create Free Word, "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 organisations - Apples and Snakes, Article 19, Booktrust, English PEN, Index on Censorship, The Arvon Foundation, The Literary Consultancy, The Reading Agency - have been working together on the project for several years and have secured funding from Fritt Ord and the Arts Council to open premises in Farringdon.
The first Free Word Festival will run from 16 September - 9 October 2009. Full details of all the events are on the Free Word Festival website.
Update: In The Guardian, Ursula Owen introduces Free Word.