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Director: Antonia Byatt

Antonia Byatt

English PEN is delighted to announce that Antonia Byatt will be stepping in as our interim director from 3 July 2017.

Antonia Byatt was director of Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 and previously was director, Literature and SE, at Arts Council England based in Cambridge. Before joining Arts Council England, Antonia was director of the Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, an academic research library and cultural centre containing the largest collection of women’s history in the UK. Prior to joining the library, Antonia was head of literature at Southbank Centre, which involved overseeing the literature programme and the poetry library. She has been a trustee of the Bishopsgate Institute and Buckinghamshire New University and is currently a trustee of First Story.


Writers in Translation Programme Manager: Theodora Danek

Theodora joined English PEN in November 2016 to manage the translation programme. She has a passion for language and literature, having previously worked as an Editorial Consultant at New Books in German and as Programme Manager at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. She is an unrepentant European and holds masters degrees from the universities of Vienna and Durham.


Administrative Assistant: Alice Frecknall

Alice joined English PEN in a freelance capacity in April 2017 to support the Events and Development Manager and the Writers in Translation Programme Manager. She was previously the Marketing Assistant at Apples and Snakes and has worked as a freelancer in the field of arts marketing, administration, and copywriting for a number of organisations. Alice has a passion for writing and visual art – more about that here – and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hull.


Writers at Risk Programme Manager: Cat Lucas

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Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world. She began working at English PEN as a Writers in Prison Programme intern back in August 2007, before starting full-time as Campaigns Assistant, and later Campaigns Officer, in 2008. Cat has a degree in French and Spanish from 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.


Head of Campaigns & Communications: Robert Sharp

rob (60)Robert joined English PEN in 2009, coming from the Social Market Foundation, a Westminster think tank. He was previously director of Fifty Nine Productions, a production company, and worked on box-office favourites ‘War Horse’ and ‘Black Watch’ as well as work for the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House. He designed LiberalConspiracy.org, the UK’s most popular left-of-centre blog, and maintains his own eponymous website where he debates technology, multiculturalism and political correctness. He studied Politics & Philosophy at the University of York.


Events and Development Manager: Hannah Trevarthen

Hannah Trevarthen IMG_1207 SQUARE_500pxHannah 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.