Events

Vigil at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia
1pm, Friday 26 July

Join English PEN and Reporters Without Borders for our monthly vigil at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London.

We will be standing in solidarity with writers, journalists and activists at risk and imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, including PEN Pinter Prize winners Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair. We will also be continuing to call for justice for murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and for the release of the many writers imprisoned in violation of their right to freedom of expression.

Please join us at the Saudi Embassy in London to show your support. (NB supporters are asked to meet at the Curzon Street to the Embassy).

2019 PEN Pinter Prize with Lemn Sissay
7pm, Thursday 10 October
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Credit: Hamish Brown

Join us for the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize ceremony with this year’s winner poet, performer, playwright, artist and broadcaster Lemn Sissay.

Lemn Sissay will deliver a special lecture and announce the winner of this year’s PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage. A limited edition booklet of the lecture published by Faber & Faber will be available to the audience at the event.

The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN, which defends freedom of expression and celebrates literature, in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

Lemn Sissay was chosen by this year’s judges: writer, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely; culture correspondent at The Economist Fiammetta Rocco and author Niven Govinden. 

Image: Lemn Sissay © Hamish Brown

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