The Sierra Leone PEN Centre is now fully up and running, thanks in no small part to the money raised by members of English PEN. The £5000 was used to buy a computer and printer/photocopier/scanner and to install a telephone line, lights, office furniture and secure locks and doors.
The Centre has now begun to work on its programmes in earnest, including setting up PEN School Clubs and facilitating writers’ workshops, all aiming to improve the standing of writers and literature in Sierra Leone.
You can read more about the Centre’s progressions in a letter from the Secretary Mike Butscher.
Read Caryl Phillips’ article, first published in the Guardian review last summer, describing the predicament facing writers in Sierra Leone.
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