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English PEN is the founding centre of a global literary network. We work to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature.
"LITERATURE KNOWS NO FRONTIERS, and should remain a common currency between nations in spite of political or international upheavals."
English PEN is the founding centre of a a worldwide network of PEN Centres. PEN International, our international secretariat, are also based in London.
Students from universities across the UK have set up PEN Societies on campus. These groups act as hubs for a range of activities promoting the freedom to read, and the freedom to write
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A new monthly book club dedicated to reading and discussing literature in translation. In person, on Facebook and on Twitter.
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PEN Translates helps publishers to meet the costs of translating new books into English. The grant is currently closed for submissions. The next round will open in May 2018.
PEN Presents helps literary translators to champion exciting books from around the world to be published in the UK. Check out PEN Presents… East and South-east Asia and PEN Presents... Europe.
Find out about our work with emerging translators from around the world.
The World Bookshelf is home to over 100 brilliant books supported by English PEN. Discover the best new literature in translation and buy books through Foyles.