PEN Pinter Prize

The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 in memory of the Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter.


The Prize is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

The prize is shared with an international writer of courage selected by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee in association with the winner. This half of the prize is awarded to someone who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.

The 2015 PEN Pinter Prize was awarded to James Fenton, who named Raif Badawi as the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage.  The awards were presented at a public event at the British Library on Tuesday 6 October 2015.

Listen to the entire event

Watch the announcement of Raif Badawi as PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage

Previous Winners

Year British Winner International Winner
2015 James Fenton Raif Badawi
2014 Sir Salman Rushdie Mazen Darwish
2013 Sir Tom Stoppard Iryna Khalip
2012 Carol Ann Duffy Samar Yazbek
2011 Sir David Hare Roberto Saviano
2010 Hanif Kureishi Lydia Cacho
2009 Tony Harrison Zarganar (Maung Thura)

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