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Vigil for Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair

Friday 9 October, 9:00 am10:00 am
Raif Badawi

English PEN holds regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair Blogger and activist Raif Badawi, the winner of this year’s PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage, was convicted in May 2014 for insulting Islam and founding a liberal website. He received a fine of 1 million riyals (£175,000) and a ten-year prison sentence. In addition, the court in Jeddah sentenced him to 1,000 lashes. On 9 January 2015, after…

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Carole Seymour-Jones memorial service

Thursday 15 October, 11:30 am1:30 pm

As many of our members and supporters will know, Carole Seymour-Jones was hugely important to English PEN, expertly chairing the Writers in Prison Committee for four years, and going on to be Deputy President of the organisation. She was also a dear friend, and will be hugely missed by all who had the pleasure of working alongside her. We are honoured to have been invited to help host a service in her memory on 15 October. The memorial service will take place at…

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The English PEN Modern Literature Festival

2 April 2016 | Free
Rich Mix,
35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London , E1 6LA United Kingdom
Photograph: © Chris Scott

As part of The Enemies Project, 50 contemporary English writers present works new works, each in tribute to a writer who is part of the English PEN Writer’s at Risk programme, writers living under oppression around the world. At the Rich Mix Arts Centre 12 noon til late in 5 sessions throughout the day. All are free to attend but attendees are encouraged to join English PEN. Modernist & avant garde writers poets, novelists, playwrights and artists come together to…

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