Every year, our colleagues at PEN International compile a list of writers at risk and their families to whom members are encouraged to send seasonal greetings. Past recipients have told us about how these cards can provide much-needed moral support, and a crucial reminder that they have not been forgotten; others have told of how they were afforded better treatment by prison guards as a result of cards flooding in from all over the world.
Among the writers we’re asking our supporters to send cards to are this year’s PEN Pinter Prize Winner Raif Badawi and his lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair; academic Dr Abuljalil Al-Singace, on hunger strike in Bahrain in protest at prison conditions; Mohammed Al-Ajami, serving 15 years in prison in Qatar for a poem; Vice News journalist Mohammed Rasool, currently in pre-trial detention in Turkey; and many others from Australia to Iran, from Eritrea to Vietnam. We also hope that many of you will continue to send cards and messages of support to your chosen writer throughout 2016 and beyond.
Please email [email protected] to request this year’s Season’s Greetings list.
The list contains details of writers at risk, alongside addresses and instructions regarding what to send. We recommend that you include a return address but if you would prefer to use English PEN’s office address please do: Writers at Risk Programme, English PEN, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.
We ask that you please do not to publish the list as it contains personal addresses, but we very much encourage you to share photos of any cards you send (before adding the address) on social media with the hashtag #PENgreetings and tagging @englishpen
Many thanks and very best wishes to you all for 2016.