English PEN & Profile Books announce publication of ANOTHER SKY






Voices of conscience from around the world

Edited by Lucy Popescu and Carole Seymour-Jones

Foreword by Tom Stoppard


‘Whether I live or die is immaterial. It is enough to know that there are people who commit time, money and energy to fight this one evil among so many others predominating worldwide.  If they do not succeed today, they will succeed tomorrow.  We must keep on striving to make the world a better place for all of mankind.’  Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995)


Another Sky, a collection of pieces, most previously unpublished, by writers who have been voices of conscience around the world. All the contributors have been supported through their ordeals by English PEN: most of those who were in prison have been released following PEN’s intervention.


The contributors include Orhan Pamuk, Aung San Suu Kyi and Ken Saro-Wiwa, and less well-known figures such as Faraj Bayrakdar (Syria), Hwang Dae Kwon (Korea), the Uzbeki Mamadali Makhmudov and Sihem Ben Sedrine (Tunisia). Here too are the final pieces by journalists Anna Politkovskaya and Hrant Dink, both recently murdered.  Novelists, poets, playrights, essayists, journalists, and, most recently, cyberdissidents, they have one thing in common: they refuse to be silenced.


The contributions – poetry, prose, diaries and letters – describe in graphic detail the experience of interrogation, torture, and everyday brutality.  Many are horrific beyond imagining. But they also bear witness to the resilience and good humour with which the writers have sustained themselves. Augusto Ernesto Llosa Giraldo describes a surprise visit from a stray dog – in Peru‘s most secure prison.  The Cuban dissident, Yndamiro Restano writes, in a poem to his mother: ‘I am not completely alone,/Mother./  I have got to know a good friend here./  A small spider visits me every day/and spins in the door of my cell./  When the guard comes/I let it know so it hides away/and doesn’t get killed.’ 


Another Sky sheds light on some of the world’s darkest regimes – from China and Syria to Cuba and Zimbabwe.  But it’s also a tribute to those with the courage to speak out against them.


About the Editors: Lucy Popescu has worked with English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee since 1991, writes a column for Literary Review and a regular blog for Guardian Online. Carole Seymour-Jones, chair of the Committee, is the biographer of Beatrice Webb and Vivienne Eliot and is now writing a book on Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Another Sky: Voices of conscience from around the world is a paperback original published by Profile books on 19 April at £8.99, ISBN 9781861978400.


‘Extraordinary stories…essential reading for anyone who has ever been moved by the written word. It jolts and challenges our prejudices and assumptions.’ Michael Palin


LAUNCH EVENT at THE NATIONAL THEATRE, Monday 2 April 2007, 6-6.45pm:

Writers and actors including William Boyd, Jung Chang, Moris Farhi, Ronald Harwood, Michael Palin, Prunella Scales, Fiona Shaw and Timothy West will be reading extracts from Another Sky.

Tickets are £3·50/£2·50 (concessions) and can be bought from www.nationaltheatre.org.uk / 020 7452 3000.








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