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English PEN to host Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 6:30pm-7:30pm The Cambridge Union, 9A Bridge St, Cambridge, CB2 1UB Svetlana Alexievich is a Belarusian investigative journalist and author. She specialises in Soviet and post-Soviet history, crafting non-fiction narratives based on witness testimonies. She writes in Russian.  Announcing Alexievich as the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish

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Watch: Wahaca Day of the Dead festival

On 7 November, English PEN hosted a series of talks at Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival, a day long festival of Mexican culture.  Videos of the event are now online: DBC Pierre and Martin Rowson in conversation Alex Clark Homero Aridjis in conversation with Simon Schama, chaired by Gaby Wood Camilo Lara in conversation

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Grayson Perry at the British Ceramics Biennial Awards

Grayson Perry to reveal inspirations at 2016 English PEN event

Launched in 2011, ‘Inspirations’ offers the chance to discover the major influences in the lives and careers of leading figures in the arts. Previous speakers have included Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Linton Kwesi Johnson and the late Seamus Heaney. This edition of ‘Inspirations’ will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at the

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Penguin crowned winners of the 2015 PEN Quiz

The winners narrowly beat the team from The Times into second place after a tense final round. The Independent/Evening Standard team came third. The PEN Quiz is English PEN’s major annual fundraising event. Twenty-three teams drawn from the world of journalism, publishing and the law took part. Penguin’s victory is the first for a publishing

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