Thursday 8 March, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm
WITH GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDING:
MONA ARSHI FOR ZEHRA DOGAN
TONY WHITE FOR AHMED NAJI
HELEN PALMER FOR ME NAM
SARA UPSTONE FOR DAWIT ISAAK
ADAM BARON FOR CAN DÜNDAR AND ERDEM GÜL
PRUDENCE CHAMBERLAIN FOR PATIWAT SARAIYAEM AND PORNTHIP MUNKONG
ELEY WILLIAMS FOR TSERING WOESER
DAVID SPITTLE FOR AHMEDUR RASHID CHOWDHURY (TUTUL)
Modernist and avantgarde writers poets, novelists, playwrights and artists come together to continue English PEN’s relationship with innovative contemporary literature. Each of the UK-based writers will present their work – poetry, text, reportage, performance – celebrating and evidencing the struggle of fellow writers around the world, in solidarity.
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 that this festival, away from creating new members of PEN, begins involvements and connections which will resonate for decades to come.
The event is free to attend but attendees are encouraged to join English PEN. The event is part of the wider English PEN Modern Literature Festival www.theenemiesproject.com/englishpen
Curated by SJ Fowler and Cat Lucas.
You can join English PEN here and if you are a writer, poet, artist, or someone who is passionate about defending our fundamental freedom of expression in the UK and around the world, please take the time to do so and become a part of the future of this extraordinary organisation.