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To mark this year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, English PEN is delighted to be publishing a crowd-sourced translation of Poème Carcéral : Poésie du pénitencier de Kondengui, a powerful collection of poems by Cameroonian writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse

On 27 December 2012, Enoh Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated. English PEN considers his incarceration to be in violation of his right to free expression and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

In April 2013, Meyomesse’s lawyers succeeded in having his case referred to a civil court for appeal. The Court of Appeal was due to call him for the first time on 20 June, but the hearing has since been postponed several times. As a result, Meyomesse has spent a further five months in prison. In spite of this, he remains in good spirits and continues to write prolifically, despite having been denied access to the computer room, and is greatly encouraged by English PEN’s ongoing support.

In order to raise much-needed funds for Enoh Meyomesse and his family and greater awareness of his case, English PEN has been working with some fantastic volunteer translators on a crowd-sourced translation of his prison poetry. The collection, Jail Verse: Poems from Kondengui Prison, is now available to download.

Enoh Meyomesse, Jail Verse

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You can download the e-book for free, but we’d be hugely grateful if you are able to donate £5, or whatever you can afford. All proceeds will be used to support Enoh Meyomesse and his family, and the ongoing work of our Writers at Risk Programme.

(NB. A print-on-demand version will be available very soon. If you would like to be notified once it is, please email cat@englishpen.org)

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Cameroon: Enoh Meyomesse released from prison - English PEN

[…] Enoh Meyomesse has been a major focus for English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme and we are overjoyed that he has finally been released from prison. PEN and our supporters stood with Enoh throughout his detention – lobbying the Cameroonian authorities; sending books and messages of support; providing writing materials when he was prevented from accessing the computer rooms; securing and delivering relief grants and other essential funds; staying in close contact with his friends and supporters on the ground; urging British representatives in Cameroon – successfully – to attend trial hearings; and by translating, crowd-sourcing translations, and publishing his extraordinary writing.   […]

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PEN welcomes release of Cameroonian writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse - English PEN

[…] ‘Enoh Meyomesse has been a major focus for English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme and we are overjoyed that he has finally been released from prison,’ said Cat Lucas, English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme Manager. ‘PEN and our supporters stood with Enoh throughout his detention – lobbying the Cameroonian authorities; sending books and messages of support; providing writing materials when he was prevented from accessing the computer rooms; securing and delivering relief grants and other essential funds; staying in close contact with his friends and supporters on the ground; urging British representatives in Cameroon – successfully – to attend trial hearings; and by translating, crowd-sourcing translations, and publishing his extraordinary writing. […]

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