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Writers’ Centre Kingston presents English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2019

Thursday 24 January, 7:00 pm9:00 pm


UK-based writers present new works, each in tribute to a writer who is part of the English PEN Writer’s at Risk programme, writers living under oppression around the world. The event is part of the wider English PEN Modern Literature Festival, curated by SJ Fowler.

Gareth Evans for Ilham Tohti
Ellen Wiles for Dina Meza
Sam Jordison for Narges Mohammadi
Albert Pellicer for Ahmed Mansoor
James Miller for Nedim Turfent
SJ Fowler for Oleg Sentsov
Helen Palmer for Me Nam
Adam Baron for Can Dundar & Erdem Gul
Sara Upstone for Dawit Isaak 

‘The event is intended as a call to membership for writers, artists and readers in a time where we face perilous challenges to our freedom of expression and fundamental rights and hard fought liberties, both internationally and here in the UK. As the world changes so remarkably, and so rapidly, and on a global scale, it is vital the political will of our time and this generation of young, dynamic writers is directed purposefully to the work of English PEN, the writer’s charity. The hope is this festival, away from creating new members of PEN, begins involvements and connections which will have exponential resonance for decades to come.’ – SJ Fowler.

The event is free to attend but attendees are encouraged to join English PEN.




The Bishop Kingston, 2 Bishop’s Hall, London, KT1 1PY
2 Bishop's Hall
London, KT1 1PY United Kingdom