Posts By: Hannah Trevarthen

Dave Eggers to deliver PEN HG Wells Lecture 2018

English PEN is delighted to announce that the award-winning American writer, editor, publisher and philanthropist Dave Eggers will deliver this year’s PEN HG Wells Lecture, in a rare visit to the UK. The event will take place on 16 December 2018 at the Bridge Theatre in London. The HG Wells Lecture showcases visionary writing and new thinking,

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2019 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize open for submissions

Entrants are to be books of high literary merit – that is, not primarily written for the academic market – and can cover all historical periods. Publishers may draw attention to no more than two relevant books on their lists or imprints. The books must be published between  1 January and 31 December 2018. They should

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Richard Beard, Maggie O’Farrell & Victoria Whitworth shortlisted for PEN Ackerley Prize 2018

English PEN is pleased to announce the shortlist for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2018 for memoir and autobiography. The shortlisted titles are: Richard Beard, The Day That Went Missing (Harvill Secker) Maggie O’Farrell, I Am, I Am, I Am  (Tinder Press) Victoria Whitworth, Swimming with Seals (Head of Zeus) The PEN Ackerley Prize was established in memory of

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was chosen by this year’s judges: President of English PEN Philippe Sands; historian, biographer and widow of Harold Pinter Antonia Fraser; writer and critic Alex Clark; poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams, and Chair of Judges and Chair of trustees for English PEN Maureen Freely. Maureen Freely said: In this age of

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Damian Barr to host 2017 PEN Quiz

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer, journalist and host of his own infamous Literary Salon at the Savoy. His memoir Maggie & Me, published by Bloomsbury, was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year.  His debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018. Damian covers

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