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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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Meet the writers who lead creative reading and writing workshops for English PEN
A new monthly book club dedicated to reading and discussing literature in translation. In person, on Facebook and on Twitter.
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PEN Translates is currently closed for submissions. The next round will open in October 2016.
PEN Promotes is now closed for submissions.
PEN Presents is currently closed for submissions. The next round will open in September.
Find out about our work with emerging translators from around the world.
The World Bookshelf is home to over 100 brilliant books supported by English PEN. Start your literary adventure with our suggested reading list for 2015, complete with downloadable reading guides.
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