On 20 July, President Erdoğan declared a three-month state of emergency and derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the duration – allowing him to bypass parliament when creating new laws or restricting freedoms and rights. At the time he also refused to rule out the use of the death penalty. PEN
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Writers and artists around the world are being encouraged to produce new poems and artworks in support of Ashraf Fayadh as part of a Day of Creativity on 28 July. English PEN is delighted to take part in helping to raise and maintain awareness of Fayadh’s case by publishing the following piece by British poet Andrew McMillan.
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
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
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