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The Future of Liberty: Magna Carta and beyond

Friday 1 May, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £8/£6/£5
The British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

As increasing state surveillance and counter-terrorism laws threaten to undermine civil liberties, how safe are our rights? In an age of extraordinary rendition, increasing state surveillance and counter-terrorism laws that threaten to undermine civil liberties, how safe are our rights? At this discussion at the British Library, chaired by Dennis Sewell, join author Hisham Matar, historian Dr Alice Taylor and Clare Algar, Executive Director of Reprieve, who consider the international legacy of Magna Carta and the rule of law in the 21st…

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A license to thrill: PEN-supported writer A Yi at Asia House

Monday 11 May, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £10/£8/£6
Asia House,
63 New Cavendish St , London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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PEN-supported novelist A Yi joins Adam Brooke, author of Night Heron, and Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking, to discuss whether Asia is the perfect setting for the modern day thriller. A highly entertaining and adrenalin filled night, where the lines between fact and fiction will blur – not to be missed! A Yi’s novel A Perfect Crime (translated by Anna Holmwood) is out with Oneworld on 7th May 2015. For more about the book and to buy it through Foyles,…

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Jesús Carrasco at European Literature Night VII

Wednesday 13 May, 6:30 pm9:00 pm | £10 (£8/£7 concessions)
British Library,
London, NW1 2DB Select a Country:

Jesús Carrasco, PEN-supported Spanish author of Out In the Open, is one of six eminent writers appearing at ELN VII: The Writers, part of European Literature Night. He will appear alongside Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), Andrea Bajani (Italy), Evald Flisar (Slovenia), Wioletta Greg (Poland) and Yasmina Khadra (France), chaired by Rosie Goldsmith. Audiences can expect a literary feast of compelling European poetry, fiction and short stories which explore the nature of relationships, childhood trauma, questions of morality and much more!…

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European Literature Night VII: In Spoken Word

Wednesday 13 May, 7:00 pm8:30 pm | £10/£7 Conc
British Library Entrance Hall,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom

A host of Europe’s most vibrant poets and spoken word artists gather together for one night only to share their work

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Masha Gessen

Tuesday 19 May, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £7
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

The celebrated Russian-American investigative journalist, author and LGBTQI rights activist joins English PEN for an insight into the state of protest, free speech and human rights.

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All Must have Prizes: The IFFP and the Unstoppable Rise of Literature in Translation

Tuesday 26 May, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £10
London Review Bookshop,
London Review of Books, 14 Bury Place, London, , WC1A 2JL United Kingdom

On the eve of the announcement of the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015, join two of its shortlisted authors, Jenny Erpenbeck and Daniel Kehlmann, for a celebratory event at the London Review Bookshop.  Kehlmann and Erpenbeck will be reading from their work, and will be in conversation with Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN. Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967, and began her artistic career as a director of opera before turning to…

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México20: New Voices, Old Traditions

Friday 29 May, 7:00 am8:00 pm | £5/£4
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris with Maya Jaggi The México20 anthology brings together the work of twenty young Mexican writers under the age of forty to an international readership. Join three of the featured writers, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris, as they discuss with journalist Maya Jaggi their work, the anthology, the vast literary tradition of Mexico and how brave new styles are capturing an era of shifting boundaries. México20  is part of the year-long…

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ELN VII: When Home Is Far Away

Wednesday 3 June, 7:00 pm8:30 pm | FREE EVENT
Waterstones Piccadilly,
203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom

Living away from home, being away from family nowhere near the touchstones of childhood memories, is something many of us choose to do. But what if you haven’t chosen such a life and it has simply been thrust upon you? How does it feel to know you can’t go back? Three writers who live in exile across Europe share the stories that come to them and reveal how their creativity breathes new life into new places when home is far…

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ELN VII: The Translation Pitch

Thursday 4 June, 7:00 pm8:30 pm | £5 (£3 concessions)
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Eight enthralling books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live to an audience and expert jury consisting of Max Porter (Granta Books), Kerry Glencorse (Susanna Lee Associates) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories Publishing). Featuring Jan Nemec´s A History of Light (Czech Republic) by Melvyn Clarke, Vonne von der Meer´s Take 7 (Netherlands) by Laura Vroomen, Pierre Autin-Grenier´s That´s Just How It Is (France) by Andrea Reece, Jan Van Loy´s Scraps…

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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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