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English PEN is the founding centre of a global literary network. We work to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature.
"LITERATURE KNOWS NO FRONTIERS, and should remain a common currency between nations in spite of political or international upheavals."
English PEN is the founding centre of a a worldwide network of PEN Centres. PEN International, our international secretariat, are also based in London.
Students from universities across the UK have set up PEN Societies on campus. These groups act as hubs for a range of activities promoting the freedom to read, and the freedom to write
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We campaigned for the reversal of a policy that restricts the sending of books to UK prisoners.
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In 2015, English PEN marks a decade of championing the very best contemporary literature in translation with a year-long programme of celebratory events.
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The next submission period for PEN Translates will open in April 2015.
The next submission period for PEN Promotes will open in June 2015.
PEN Samples is a rolling grant. Translators may apply at any time.
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