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At The Chapel – defending freedom of expression

Thursday 19 January, 6:30 pm
At The Chapel,
High Street Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AE
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Five British writers, all local to southwest England, will read from their own work and the work of a writer who is in prison or otherwise at risk, at an event organised by At The Chapel in Bruton, Somerset, in support of English PEN. We will be joined by the poet Alice Oswald, the novelist Andrew Miller, the journalist Viv Groskop, historian and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and the current President of English PEN, the writer and translator Maureen Freely. The…

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Activist Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, comes to London

Tuesday 7 February, 1:00 pm2:00 pm
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We are extremely grateful to Stewart McDonald MP for hosting the following meeting with Ensaf Haidar in the House of Commons.   Join Ensaf Haidar, Saudi human rights campaigner and wife of imprisoned blogger, Raif Badawi. 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 7 February Committee Room 8, House of Commons I’m sure you will be aware of the case of imprisoned Saudi writer, Raif Badawi. This month marks his 33rd birthday and the fifth year of his ten year prison sentence, for promoting secular…

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Eritrea’s Forgotten Journalists

Wednesday 8 February, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £12.50
Frontline Club,
13 Norfolk Place, London , W2 1QJ United Kingdom
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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Eritrea has the most censored press in the world – behind North Korea and Azerbaijan. Since the government banned private press in 2001, many journalist have been abducted or imprisoned without trial, including those who had reported on divisions within the ruling party. Over the years, officials have offered inconsistent explanations for the arrests – accusing the journalists of involvement in anti-state conspiracies or skirting military service. Meanwhile, information smuggled out of the country by Eritreans…

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You Can’t Say That! The Big PEN Comedy Gig

Monday 20 February, 6:30 pm11:00 pm | £25
Union Chapel,
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN United Kingdom
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You Can’t Say That! will be hosted by Nick Revell (‘exhilarating and thought provoking satirist’ The Scotsman).  Confirmed performers include: acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee; comedian, writer and cultural commentator Shappi Khorsandi; comedian, game-show panellist, director, screenwriter, and novelist Andy Hamilton; stand-up comedian and Radio 4 star Adam Bloom; and stand-up comedian, actor and writer Jack Dee. **Update (January 2017): We’re delighted to announce the latest additions to our February line-up: award-winning comedian and host of Newsjack Angela Barnes and one of…

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Save the date: English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2017

Saturday 1 April
Rich Mix,
35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London , E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Saturday 1 April 2017 Venue One, Rich Mix, near Brick Lane, London 2pm / 4pm / 7.30pm Entrance is free but please consider joining PEN or making a donation On 1 April 2017, 30 UK-based writers, poets, novelists, playwrights and artists will join English PEN and the Enemies Project for the second English PEN Modern Literature Festival. Each of the writers will perform new works created in solidarity with some of the incredible individuals we support throughout the year through our…

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