Interim Director: Hannah Trevarthen


Hannah joined English PEN in January 2015. Previously, she worked for four years as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She manages PEN’s year round programme of high-profile events. Hannah has an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Writers at Risk Programme Manager: Cat Lucas


Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world, and our residency programme for international writers. Cat studied French and Spanish at University College London, and her translations of work by Cuban writers Jorge Olivera Castillo and Julio Cesar Galvez have been published in Index on Censorship and PEN International’s ‘Write Against Impunity’ anthology.

Translation and International Manager: Will Forrester

Will runs the Writers in Translation programme, managing PEN Translates, PEN Transmissions, International Translation Day and the World Bookshelf. Previously, he worked for Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, and at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a BA in English and an MSt in World Literatures from the University of Oxford. Elsewhere, he is Assistant Editor at Review 31, and nurses a fraught relationship with the writing of J. M. Coetzee.

Editor, PEN Transmissions: Theodora Danek

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Theodora edits English PEN’s online zine, PEN Transmissions. Theodora managed our Writers in Translation programme until March 2019, and is now co-publisher at Tilted Axis Press. She previously worked as an Editorial Consultant at New Books in German, as Programme Manager at the Austrian Cultural Forum London and as a Museum Educator at the Technisches Museum Vienna. She is an unrepentant European and holds masters degrees in History and Religious Studies from the universities of Vienna and Durham.

Finance and Governance Manager: Deborah Bourne

Deborah is an experienced arts manager with particular expertise in finance and governance in the context of small-scale arts organisations. She has worked with a variety of Arts Council England NPOs including Engage (the National Association for Gallery Education), the Poetry Archive, Poetry Translation Centre and Ballet Black. Deborah is a trustee of LUX, a registered charity for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice.

Administrative Assistant: Marion Rankine

Marion joined English PEN in January 2019. She previously worked as Head of Promotions and Retail Standards at Foyles, and has been a bookseller at shops in London, Melbourne and Brisbane. She majored in Creative Writing and Literature at Melbourne University, and is now a freelance writer, reviewer, and the author of a small book about literary umbrellas.

Writers at Risk Programme Intern: Romaissaa Benzizoune

Romaissaa Benzizoune is a junior at NYU, and she is working as an intern with English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme this summer. A freelance writer herself, Romaissaa focuses on Muslim-American issues, and her writing has appeared in outlets including BuzzfeedTeen Vogue, and The New York Times