China: Uighur writer shortlisted

English PEN was delighted to learn that Uighur Honorary Member Nurmuhemmet Yasin is one of the five shortlisted entries for the inaugural ArtVenture Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize.

The Artventure Freedom to Create Prize is a unique prize designed to celebrate the role of the arts in promoting human rights and highlighting the forgotten frontline of artists defending their freedom of expression at great personal sacrifice. The winner will be announced on 26 November 2008.

The nominated piece of work, Nurmuhemmet’s moving short story “Wild Pigeon (Yawa Kepter)” has been translated from Uighur into English and Chinese by Dolkun Kamberi, director of Radio Free Asia’s Uighur service. The English translation is available online in two parts:

For more information on Nurmuhemmet, please click here.

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