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Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Friday 28 April, 9:00 am10:00 am
Raif vigil - 1 May. Cropped. Linsey McFadden

English PEN is continuing to hold monthly vigils in support of imprisoned writers Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh. Please join us to show them they have not been forgotten English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015 when Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism. While Badawi has not been flogged since, he is continuing to serve…

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Free Turkey Media vigil

Wednesday 3 May, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Turkey Embassy,
43 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PA United Kingdom
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Join the vigil for imprisoned colleagues in Turkey.

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Press Freedom, Activism and Writing in Eritrea: an evening to celebrate Dawit Isaak

Thursday 4 May, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre,
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
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An evening of celebration and discussion in recognition of Dawit Isaak being awarded the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

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PEN Atlas and Funhouse present: bodies, places and spaces

Monday 22 May, 7:00 pm9:30 pm | £8
The Book Club,
100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH United Kingdom

Swans, handsome cannibals, confronting the past in Latvia, censorship and imaginary boyfriends. Funhouse and PEN Atlas present a series of readings that explore body, borders and place. Join us to hear the ‘delicate rhythmic trip wires’ of Kayo Chingonyi whose debut collection Kumukanda is published in June, Xiaolu Guo’s searing and rebellious memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, exploring the everyday peculiarity of China and the UK, Eli Goldstone’s debut novel of ‘savage tenderness’ Strange Heart Beating, and…

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PEN Atlas presents: an evening with Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez

Thursday 25 May, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £5
Buenos Aires

Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez will be join us for a special PEN Atlas at Waterstones Islington. Fever Dream, recently shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017, explores maternal and familial love and tensions in a ‘superlative work of the imagination.’ Heralded as ‘one of the freshest voices to come out of the Spanish language,’ Schweblin’s work establishes a heightened sense of psychological tension, deftly handling ideas of trauma, and forgetting. Highly original and deeply unsettling, Fever Dream is…

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2017 PEN Ackerley Prize

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

Come and hear the 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 Bennett, Blake Morrison, Lorna Sage and Michael Frayn.…

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