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Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Friday 29 July, 9:00 am10:00 am
Raif vigil - 1 May. Cropped. Linsey McFadden

On Friday 29 July, English PEN will be holding yet another vigil outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia here in London to continue our call for the immediate release of three writers, Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Ashraf Fayadh, all of whom are serving long sentences in violation of their right to freedom of expression. Please join us from 9 – 10am at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London. Activists are asked to meet at the Curzon Street entrance…

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Spotlight on Bangladesh at Wilderness Festival

Friday 5 August, 2:30 pm3:35 pm
Wilderness Festival,
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Bangladesh is fast becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world for bloggers and free thinkers. The last 18 months have seen at least nine of our colleagues brutally murdered for their views and writing, and many others attacked. An atmosphere of almost complete impunity prevails, emboldening the killers. The Bangladeshi authorities have failed to take any significant action to protect those most at risk, instead implying that the responsibility for avoiding such attacks lies with the victims.…

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2016 PEN HG Wells lecture: AC Grayling

Sunday 14 August, 12:30 pm1:30 pm | £10 - £12
Edinburgh International Book Festival,
Charlotte Square Gardens , Edinburgh , EH2 4DR

Philosopher AC Grayling will deliver the PEN HG Wells lecture at Edinburgh International Book Festival at 12.30pm on Sunday 14 August, the third in a series of annual lectures held in honour of former PEN president, author, visionary and human rights campaigner HG Wells. 2016 is the 150th anniversary of Wells’s birth. AC Grayling will explore how Wells as scientist and novelist was able to make literary use of science. HG Wells foresaw the creation of the worldwide web, most…

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PEN-supported writers at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Monday 15 AugustTuesday 30 August

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

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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

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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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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