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PEN-supported writers at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Saturday 13 AugustSunday 28 August
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11 PEN-supported authors and translators will be appearing at events across this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Vigil at the Saudi Embassy in London

Friday 26 August, 9:00 am10:00 am
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Join English PEN for our monthly vigils in support of Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015 when Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism. Please join us for our August vigil where we will be continuing to call for their immediate and unconditional release. PEN will also be calling for the…

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PEN Atlas presents: The view from Turkey

Monday 19 September, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £5 - £7
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
Istanbul

Under President Erdoğan’s authoritarian rule, press freedom in Turkey in 2016 is at an all-time low. News agencies and papers have been shut down or taken over by the government, while everyone from journalists to comedians is facing criminal defamation or terrorism charges. What is it like to be a Turkish writer in these times? In a special PEN Atlas panel event, journalist-author Ece Temelkuran, novelist Burhan Sönmez and translator Canan Marasligil discuss the main issues of the moment through…

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Building Literary Bridges: 82nd Congress of PEN International

Monday 26 September, 8:00 amSunday 2 October, 5:00 pm
Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, and their three children at the 2015 PEN Congress.

Registration for the 82nd PEN International Congress is now open! PEN International and Galicia PEN are pleased to announce that registration for the 82nd PEN International Congress is now open. The 82nd Congress will take place in Ourense, from 26 September to 2 October 2016. To register and read further information, please visit the dedicated Congress website. For any questions relating to the registration process, please contact congress2016ourense@pengalicia.gal. We look forward to seeing many of you in Ourense.

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International Translation Day 2016

Friday 30 September, 9:00 am5:00 pm | £25 - £35
British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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International Translation Day is the annual event for the translation community. It is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to gather and network, debate significant issues and developments within the sector, and to discuss challenges and celebrate success.

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2016 PEN Pinter Prize

Thursday 13 October, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £10 - £15
British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
Margaret Atwood

The 2016 PEN Pinter Prize will be awarded to Margaret Atwood on at a public event at the British Library on  Thursday 13 October. Atwood  will be presented with the prize at this event and will deliver an address. A limited edition booklet containing the presentation will be published by Faber & Faber and available to the audience at the event. The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the worldwide writers’ association and freedom of expression charity English…

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Etgar Keret at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Saturday 15 October, 2:45 pm3:45 pm | £8
Town Hall, Drawing Room,
Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA
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The acclaimed Israeli author known for his short stories, graphic novels and scriptwriting, talks to Mark Lawson about The Seven Good Years; a life-affirming book about the need to find good in the least likely of places. Tickets go on sale to to the public on Wednesday 7 September at 1pm via the Cheltenham Festivals website. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling…

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PEN Atlas presents Alejandro Zambra and Joe Dunthorne, a cross-examination

Tuesday 18 October, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £5
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road,
19-21 Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 1BJ
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Alejandro Zambra’s new book Multiple Choice is billed as ‘a) Fiction b) Non-fiction c) Poetry d) All of the above e) None of the above’. This special PEN Atlas event brings the Chilean novelist in conversation with Welsh writer Joe Dunthorne, whose fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other writings, like Zambra’s, confound categorisation. Both writers are deeply contemporary, and seriously playful: expect irreverent and international insights – as well as some multiple choice questions out to the audience to keep us…

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