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Ledbury Poetry Festival: Poetry as Protest

Sunday 5 July, 4:15 pm5:15 pm | £9

From Shelley to Pussy Riot, poets and songwriters have a long tradition of challenging the status quo, resisting tyranny and giving voice to the oppressed. In China, Cameroon and Qatar, poets still face imprisonment for questioning authority. In the UK, a new generation of spoken word performers are giving new energy to political engagement. Poets George Szirtes and Sabrina Mahfouz join English PEN director Jo Glanville for a discussion about poets, poetry, protest and politics chaired by Ursula Owen. Book…

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Shubbak: Speaking Truth to Power

Thursday 23 July, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | FREE (Booking essential)
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Join three leading writers from the Middle East as they debate the limits of freedom of expression in the region and beyond. Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi author currently living in New York, whose novels include The Corpse Washer and Ya Mariam. Choman Hardi is a Kurdish poet whose family were forced to flee Iraq several times. Samar Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist now living in exile and recipient of 2012 PEN/Pinter Writer of Courage award. Part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 11…

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Poetry International: Modern War Poetry

Saturday 25 July, 12:00 pm1:15 pm | £15 for Poetry in Conflict talks pass
South Bank Centre,
Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, London , SE1 8XX United Kingdom

Poetry has the ability to take the statistics of war and make them personal. Voices from outside the US and UK describe their different experiences of conflict, including Syrian-Kurdish poet Golan Haji and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh. Discover the war poets of today who are recording their experiences for future generations at great expense to themselves. Al-Sayegh’s uncompromising criticism of oppression and injustice, for example, has led to his being sentenced to death and forced into exile. This talk is…

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Faber Social and English PEN present ‘Secrets’

Monday 27 July, 7:00 pm9:30 pm
The Social,
5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl In July, Faber Social, in association with English PEN, bring you a night of secrets. Weaving a tapestry of astounding talent who will each explore the theme of secrets in their own way. We will be joined by Sadie Jones, Ben Markovits, Max…

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PEN-supported authors at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Saturday 15 August, 9:00 amMonday 31 August, 11:00 pm | Ticket cost varies
Edinburgh International Book Festival,
Charlotte Square Gardens , Edinburgh , EH2 4DR

  11 PEN-supported authors will be appearing at events across this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival: Saturday 15 August at 14:00: Cédric Villani Tuesday 18 August at 19:00: Etgar Keret & Alain Mabanckou Wednesday 19 August at 17:00: Yuri Herrera & Julia Rochester Thursday 20 August at 15:30:  Tom Callaghan & Tommy Wieringa Sunday 23 August at 16:00: Translation Duel:German with Peter Stamm Monday 24 August at 19:30: Generation Games: The Coming of Old Age – Susana Moreira Marques will be part…

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Ali Smith to deliver 2015 PEN HG Wells lecture

Saturday 15 August, 2:15 pm3:15 pm | £10/£8

Baileys Prize winner Ali Smith will deliver the PEN HG Wells lecture at Edinburgh International Book Festival at 2.15pm on Saturday 15 August, the second in a series of annual lectures held in honour of former PEN president, author, visionary and human rights campaigner HG Wells. HG Wells foresaw the creation of the worldwide web, most particularly in a series of talks and essays which he first published in 1936 under the title World Brain. The PEN HG Wells lecture showcases visionary writing and…

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