English PEN marks 30 years of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Shaun Keaveny, presenter of the BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast show, will host Night of the Imprisoned Writer on Tuesday 15 November 2011. 

Every year on 15 November, authors, journalists and human rights campaigners around the world mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer by remembering those who have been incarcerated simply for exercising their right to free expression.  This year, English PEN will pay tribute to these writers with a unique event, at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.

Night of the Imprisoned Writer combines cutting-edge comedy with the powerful words of persecuted writers from around the world.

Hello Mr Miller, Hello Mr Pinter has been devised by ice&fire theatre and English PEN and will be performed by Christopher Simpson, Jason Deer, Alexis Rodney, Mariam Bell and Samantha Lawson – all members of the group Actors for Human Rights.  The performance features the letters and writings of some of the persecuted writers for who PEN has campaigned in recent years, including the Turkish playwright Ali Taygun who corresponded with PEN members Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter, and recently released Burmese comedian and poet Zarganar.  
And because no-one speaks out quite like a comic, the performance will be followed by two of the UK’s finest comedy acts.  Nick Doody (8 out of 10 cats, Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive) and the award-winning Marcel Lucont will be exercising their right to free speech.

Jonathan Heawood, Director of English PEN, said:

Free speech is not just about politics – it is what drives literature, entertainment, and culture.  In many parts of the world, there are books, poems and jokes that are banned by a government decree – and those who speak out are thrown in jail.    The Night of the Imprisoned Writer will give a voice to those people once more.  Even though they are in prison, they cannot be silenced.

The Night of the Imprisoned Writer is on 15 November 2011 at 7:30pm (doors 7pm) at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill. 

Tickets are £10 (£5 concessions / NUS) and all proceeds go directly to English PEN’s Writers in Prison Programme to cover the costs of their campaigning activities.  

To book, please click here: http://www.tabernaclew11.com/whats-on/eventdetails/15-nov-11-night-of-the-imprisoned-writer-tabernacle/

English PEN is a registered charity (number 1125610), working to promote literature and human rights. From defending the rights of persecuted writers to promoting literature in translation and sending writers in to refugee centres and prisons, English PEN promotes literature as a means of greater understanding between the world’s people. www.englishpen.org

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