Felix Dennis 1947-2014

English PEN is saddened to hear that the publisher, poet and PEN member Felix Dennis has died aged 67. A philanthropist, he was a supporter of English PEN’s work.

As one of the editors of the celebrated counter-cultural Oz magazine, he was a co-defendant in the famous obscenity trial of 1971, a landmark case in the history of freedom of expression in the UK.

A hugely successful entrepreneur, Dennis founded a publishing company that produced influential magazines such as PC World, Maxim and The Week.

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  1. From English PEN’s Honorary Member Malawian poet Jack Mapanje:

    My family is deeply shocked to hear of the death of Felix Dennis. When we came to England and the Home Office wanted to send back to Malawi the child I had adopted from my late brother-in-law, it was Felix who fought that John Chandiyamba should not be separated from the rest of my family in the UK. For four years Felix paid tuition fees for our adopted son until he graduated with a BSc (Hon) degree in Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen.

    Since obtaining his degree John has worked as research laboratory assistant first at Imperial College London and now in a cement company in Scunthorpe. His humble contribution to British life and economy is therefore assured; and this was possible because of the support that we got from Felix Dennis.

    May his generous soul rest in peace.

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