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The Language of Home: Anna Selby in conversation with Bejan Matur, Jen Hadfield and Canan Marasligil

Monday 26 June, 7:00 pm8:15 pm | £5 - £7
Free Word Centre,
60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
Shetland

What does it mean to write about home? Do landscapes have their own unique vocabularies, and if so how can we ever we share them? How do words travel between languages? And what happens when we ourselves move away?

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2017 PEN Ackerley Prize with Decca Aitkenhead, Amy Liptrot and Lara Pawson

Wednesday 5 July, 7:00 pm8:15 pm | £5 - £8
Free Word Centre,
60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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Come and hear Decca Aitkenhead, Amy Liptrot and Lara Pawson, this year’s  shortlisted authors, read from and discuss their work with chair of judges Peter Parker, before the winner of the 2017 prize is announced. The PEN Ackerley Prize is awarded to a literary autobiography of excellence, written by a British author and published during the preceding year. It is the only UK prize dedicated solely to memoir. Previous winners include Alice Jolly, Henry Marsh, Sonali Deraniyagala, Richard Holloway, Alan…

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PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize : Nicholas Stargardt & David Reynolds at Wimpole History Festival

Sunday 9 July, 6:00 pm7:00 pm | £7 - £10
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In 2016 Oxford historian Nicholas Stargardt was awarded the  PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for The German War: A Nation under Arms, 1939-1945. In 2014 Cambridge historian David Reynolds was   awarded the same prize for The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century – the basis of his BBC 2 TV series. Join Nicholas and David as they discuss why Germany and Britain have  found it so hard to come to terms with their wars and to cope with the ambiguous legacies of defeat…

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Shubbak: Basma Abdel Aziz in conversation with Jo Glanville

Wednesday 12 July, 7:00 pm8:15 pm | £7
Basma landscape

Where activism and imagination intersect Cairo-based Basma Abdel Aziz is a psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of victims of torture, a celebrated novelist and non-fiction writer, a sculptor and a poet. The publication of her debut novel The Queue in English translation by Elisabeth Jaquette in 2016 led to her being named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers for 2016. As an outspoken Egyptian woman working across disciplines and a long-standing critic of government oppression, Basma Abdel Aziz is…

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PEN Pinter Prize 2017

Tuesday 10 October, 7:00 am8:30 pm | £8 - £12
British Library,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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The 2017 PEN Pinter Prize will be awarded to Michael Longley at a public event at the British Library on  Tuesday 10  October. He will be presented with the prize at this event and deliver an address. There will also be readings from Michael Longley’s work and an encomium by Professor Eamon Duffy.  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…

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