English PEN receives support from UK publishers through our Silver PEN programme. We are very grateful to Faber & Faber, Hachette UK, HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster for their participation. The Silver PEN programme significantly increases our capacity.
However, smaller independent publishers are also finding innovative ways to support English PEN.
First, Jurassic London chose us as their charity partner for their Dickensian anthology Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke. A small percentage of the proceeds from all sales (print and Kindle) came to English PEN.
At the launch party of Stories of the Smoke, the publishers also auctioned the original illustrations by Gary Northfield (example above). The team ingeniously took part payment for the illustrations in the form of a completed English PEN membership form, thereby securing a new regular donor!
Meanwhile, the arts and humanities publisher Gylphi use the eBay for Charity programme to benefit English PEN. Each time a book is sold via their eBay shop, English PEN receives a donation. You do not need to be a publisher to use this programme – anyone selling via eBay can make small contributions to our work, every time they sell.
Since these methods of donating are related to book sales, they ensure that a donation to English PEN is always affordable, and donations are always in proportion to the size of the business.
We would be delighted if more publishers chose to donate to our free expression and literary work in a similar manner. If you would like to replicate the initiatives above, or if you have another idea for how to support us, then please get in touch.