Media Enquiries – Key Speakers

English PEN is one of the oldest human rights organisations in the world and has been campaining for free speech and literature since 1921. Our trustees and staff are available for media comment.


Our key speakers are regularly asked to contribute to the broadcast and print media on: Freedom of Expression; Global Literature and Translation; Literary Awards; Libel, Media Reform and Press Ethics; Multiculturalism, Diversity, Blasphemy and ‘Offence’; Social Media and the Internet; Libraries and Access to Literature; Adult Literacy, Social Exclusion and ‘voicelessness‘; Cultural Boycotts; and Political Correctness.

To contact one of our representatives, please contact Robert Sharp, Head of Campaigns  on 020 7324 2538 or robert@englishpen.orgWe have a dedicated Press Release Mailing list for embargoed press releases and statements, advance copies of publications and reports, and forward planning notices.  Sign up here.

Maureen Freely – President, English PEN

Maureen Freely is an author, journalist, translator and academic, who has written seven novels, as well as non-fiction. She is professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick and the director of its writing programme.  She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and  chair of the Translators Association. Read more.

Other key speakers

  • Samantha Schnee, Chair, Writers in Translation Committee
    World literature and translation, Founding Editor of
  • Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director
    Publishing, book prizes & critical trends/debate, copyright, literary estates, book festivals, award-judging, importance of cultural sponsorship and partnerships, PR & content strategy
  • Robert Sharp, Head of Campaigns
    Libel Reform; Social Media; Visas and Travel Bans; Books for UK prisoners; multiculturalism, ‘offence’ and political correctness; Criminal Memoirs;