Posts By: Robert Sharp

Penelope Fitzgerald

Listen: A celebration of Penelope Fitzgerald

On 6 December 2016, English PEN hosted a unique event on the life and literature of Penelope Fitzgerald, chaired by Hermione Lee. Penelope Fitzgerald: a celebration featured reflections from publisher Stuart Proffitt and novelist Michele Roberts, and readings from Fitzgerald’s work by actors Bill Nighy, Diana Quick and Toby Jones. You can listen to the

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John Berger 1926-2017: repairing the world

English PEN is saddened by the death of the novelist and poet John Berger, who died aged 90 on 2 January 2017.  Berger was a member of English PEN and received the 2009 Golden PEN, awarded by the trustees of English PEN to mark a lifetime of literary achievement. Accepting the award at an event

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164 Groups Tell Theresa May: don’t abandon our Human Rights Act

A letter asking the Prime Minister to abandon plans to scrap the Human Rights Act has been signed by 164 organisations, including English PEN. Other signatories include diverse organisations that work with new mothers, children, patients, carers, people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health, women experiencing violence, migrants and older people, and groups campaigning for

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English PEN at the House of Lords

English PEN staff and representatives from two of our outreach partner organisations will be taking part in the 10th annual House of Lords Chamber Debate today.  Over 200 people, from all generations and from across the United Kingdom, have been invited to take part in the debate, which will be chaired by The Lord Speaker,

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