Posts By: Hannah Trevarthen

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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2018 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 2017. They

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Turkey: new low for free speech

On 10 November, the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office sent an indictment to Istanbul high criminal court demanding aggravated life sentences for a total of nine suspects, including novelist Aslı Erdoğan and linguist Necmiye Alpay, on terror charges as part of an investigation into columnists and managers of closed daily Özgür Gündem. ‘Turkey’s ongoing assault

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