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Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Friday 18 May, 9:00 amMonday 18 June, 2:00 pm

Join our monthly vigils at the Saudi Embassy in London.

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

Thursday 24 May, 6:30 pm7:30 pm | £5

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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The languages of verse: Multilingualism and poetry

Wednesday 6 June, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | £3 - £5

Many of us lead multilingual lives. But how do multilingual poets use their languages in their art? Poetry is a celebration of language – or languages. Multilingual poets use languages in surprising and creative ways. How do they approach their art? What value do they see in speaking multiple languages? And what can we learn about the approach to language and language learning in the UK? Join us for an evening of discussion and readings by multilingual poets.   Chris McCabe,…

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2018 PEN Ackerley Prize

Tuesday 10 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 2018 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   Amy Liptrot,   Alice Jolly,   Henry Marsh,   Sonali Deraniyagala,   Richard Holloway,   Alan Bennett,   Blake Morrison,   Lorna Sage   and …

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Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

Tuesday 17 July, 6:30 pm9:00 pm | £15 - £25

Book Tickets English PEN is excited to host a special one-off evening to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Esteemed guests from the worlds of literature, politics, journalism and activism will come together to perform readings of original letters written by Nelson Mandela during his time in prison, many of which have remained unpublished until now. Produced and directed by the award-winning Josette Bushell-Mingo, the evening’s stellar line-up will include journalist Gary Younge, poet and novelist Jackie Kay, South…

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84th PEN International Congress: Experiments with Truth

Tuesday 25 September, 8:00 amSaturday 29 September, 5:00 pm

Experiments with Truth: Freedom, Truth, Diversity The 84th PEN International Congress will be hosted by PEN South India in Pune, India, from 25 – 29 September 2018. Mahatma Gandhi, the most haloed proponent of Truth and Non-Violence in modern history, was born on the 2nd October 1869. The twelve months from October 2018 to September 2019 are going to be celebrated as the 150th year of Gandhi’s birth. The 84th PEN International Congress in India is timed to inaugurate the year long commemoration. The title of…

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