Jethro Soutar writes for PEN Atlas on the urgent case of Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, the PEN-award-winning author whom he translates and whom he is now trying to help protect, as Juan faces persecution from the regime in Equatorial Guinea.
PEN Atlas: new dispatch from Juan Pablo Villalobos
Juan Pablo Villalobos returns to PEN Atlas this week, asking us to imagine the struggle of being a writer in Mexico, where fiction is so often outpaced by brutal reality. Juan has been a contributor to PEN Atlas in the past, and his two novels in English, Quesadillas and Down the Rabbit Hole have been supported by awards from
PEN Atlas: Tomás González on writing tragedy
Tomás González writes for PEN Atlas about the act of literary creation
PEN Atlas: Instructions for writing a corrupt novel
Nepotism, sinecures, blackmailing paedophiles, bribing officials… Juan Pablo Villalobos writes for PEN Atlas this week, explaining how a writer can expose and enable the general corruption of his country.
- £40 buys placards and handouts for a vigil or demo
- £235 pays a court fee, seeking permission to intervene in freedom of expression cases as a third party
- £650 is the cost of emergency advocacy in response to a threat to free speech through censorship or arrest of a writer at risk
- £5,200 covers research and production of a parliamentary briefing on new legislation