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Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Friday 27 April, 9:00 am10:00 am
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‘My voice and the voices of others like me shall reach the world, no matter how hard they try to silence us’ – Waleed Abulkhair Join English PEN and Reporters Without Borders for our monthly vigils in support of Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh This month marks the fourth anniversary of the arrest of award-winning human rights defender and lawyer Waleed Abulkhair on 15 April 2014. Three months later, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for…

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English PEN at the Hillsborough Literary Festival

Sunday 29 April, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
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We are delighted to be partnering with the inaugural Hillsborough Literary Festival to bring the work of writers at risk to Northern Ireland. In solidarity with writers who are in prison or otherwise at risk, five Northern Irish writers will read from the work of some of the incredible individuals supported by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme. Writers Bernie McGill, Kelly McCaughrain, Stephen Connolly, Padraig O’Tuama and Jude Hill will come together to share the words of writers including…

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In Translation: A Man Booker International Prize panel

Thursday 17 May, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £5 - £8
Foyles, Charing Cross Road,
107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT United Kingdom
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In anticipation of the Man Booker International Prize winner announcement on Tuesday 22nd May, join some of the finest international translators working with the English language today for a discussion of their craft. This year’s shortlist is: Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press) Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books) László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press) Antonio Muñoz Molina, translated…

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Thinking Ibero-América: Latin America’s next generation of writers

Thursday 24 May, 6:30 pm7:30 pm | £5
Free Word Centre,
60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom
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Join five of Latin America’s rising literary stars in a far-ranging conversation to mark the UK launch of the new Bogotá 39 anthology. From the state of LatAm literature and the challenges and opportunities for young writers today, to the role of writers on the global stage and why the UK needs to read more literature in translation, Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia), Claudia Ulloa Donoso (Peru), Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia), Emiliano Monge (Mexico) , and Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica) will join translator Sophie Hughes in…

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