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Bahá’í poet Mahvash Sabet shares 2017 PEN Pinter Prize with Michael Longley

Bahá’í poet and teacher Mahvash Sabet has this evening been named 2017 International Writer of Courage by Michael Longley at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library. Longley was announced as the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize winner in June this year. Sabet was released in September, after being imprisoned for almost ten years

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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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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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Top comedians stand up for free speech

You Can’t Say That! will be hosted by Nick Revell (‘exhilarating and thought provoking satirist’ The Scotsman).  Confirmed performers include: acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee; comedian, writer and cultural commentator Shappi Khorsandi; comedian, game-show panellist, director, screenwriter, and novelist Andy Hamilton; stand-up comedian and Radio 4 star Adam Bloom; and stand-up comedian, actor and writer Jack

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Tickets available for the PEN Pinter Prize 2016

The PEN Pinter Prize 2016 will be awarded to Margaret Atwood on at a public event at the British Library on Thursday 13 October. Atwood  will be presented with the prize at this event and will deliver an address. There will also be a reading from her novel The Handmaid’s Tale by actress Elizabeth McGovern

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