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Catch up: 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize

On 12 July English PEN hosted the 2016 PEN Ackerley prizegiving event at the Free Word Centre in London. Nominees Adam Mars-Jones, author of Kid Gloves: A Voyage Round My Father, and Alice Jolly, author of Dead Babies and Seaside Towns, discussed the challenges of memoir writing with Peter Parker, chair of the PEN Ackerley

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PEN joins the UK’s biggest poetry festival to celebrate writers at risk

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. A significant proportion of these writers are believed to have been detained or otherwise persecuted in relation to their poetry. Throughout this year’s Ledbury Poetry

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Supporters worldwide mark fourth anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest

Ahead of the fourth anniversary of blogger Raif Badawi’s arrest English PEN and the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom invited organisations and individuals all over the world to join our photo action showing solidarity with Raif Badawi. In the weeks since we have received hundreds of photos from fellow human rights groups and supporters worldwide —a

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