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Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday 19 June, 1:00 pmFriday 20 July, 2:00 pm

Join our monthly vigils at the Saudi Embassy in London.

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PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize: David Olusoga at Wimpole History Festival

Saturday 23 June, 7:30 pm8:30 pm | £10 - £12

‘The past haunts the present in all areas of our national conversation’ so says David Olusoga,  Wimpole History Festival patron and one of our most prominent, engaging and accessible TV historians. His ground-breaking book Black and British was the deserving winner of last year’s PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize. A BBC producer-turned presenter, most recently on our screens in A House Through Time and Civilisations, join Olusoga as he pieces together the threads of Britain’s forgotten past, its contested present and questions…

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PEN Ackerley Prize 2018

Tuesday 10 July, 7:00 pm8:15 pm | £5 - £8

Come and hear shortlisted authors Maggie O’Farrell and Victoria Whitworth read from and discuss their work with chair of judges   Peter Parker,   before the winner of the 2018 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   Amy Liptrot,   Alice Jolly,   Henry Marsh,   Sonali Deraniyagala,   Richard Holloway,   Alan Bennett,   Blake…

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Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

Tuesday 17 July, 6:30 pm9:00 pm | £15 - £25

Book Tickets English PEN is excited to host a special one-off evening to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Esteemed guests from the worlds of literature, politics, journalism and activism will come together to perform readings of original letters written by Nelson Mandela during his time in prison, many of which have remained unpublished until now. Produced and directed by the award-winning Josette Bushell-Mingo, the evening’s stellar line-up will include journalist Gary Younge, poet and novelist Jackie Kay, South…

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Launchpad: Working with Words

Monday 13 August, 11:00 amThursday 16 August, 6:00 pm

Are you interested in writing as a career? Do you come from a refugee or asylum-seeker background? Work with creative industries experts to explore fiction and poetry, blogging, podcasting, news and performance. Find out about training and career options and gain an Arts Award Explore certificate. Participants should be 16-24 yrs old, from a refugee or asylum-seeker background, and   either live, study or work in Islington.  Sessions will run from Monday 13 – Thursday 16 August, 11am-6pm.   Participants should be…

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84th PEN International Congress: Experiments with Truth

Tuesday 25 September, 8:00 amSaturday 29 September, 5:00 pm

Experiments with Truth: Freedom, Truth, Diversity The 84th PEN International Congress will be hosted by PEN South India in Pune, India, from 25 – 29 September 2018. Mahatma Gandhi, the most haloed proponent of Truth and Non-Violence in modern history, was born on the 2nd October 1869. The twelve months from October 2018 to September 2019 are going to be celebrated as the 150th year of Gandhi’s birth. The 84th PEN International Congress in India is timed to inaugurate the year long commemoration. The title of…

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