Support English PEN this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday (27 November)  is a day to do good things for your favourite charity or cause. This year, we are asking you to take one of the following actions to support our work to promote and defend the freedom to write and freedom to read, both here in the UK and around the world.

1.  Send a message of support to a writer at risk

Every year, PEN asks members and supporters around the world to send seasonal greetings to writers at risk and their families. Past recipients have told us about how these 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 as a result of cards flooding in from all over the world. Find out more and get involved.

2.  Join us at our next event with Dave Eggers 

Learn more about PEN’s work at our next event: Dave Eggers (‘The Circle’, ‘A Hologram for the King’) will make an exclusive UK appearance with an inspiring lecture on digital human rights. Join us on 16 November for the HG Wells lecture, introduced by English PEN President Philippe Sands and sponsored by The Times Literary Supplement. Book your tickets here.

3.  Read and share translated literature
Here at English PEN we are proud to support incredible books in translation from around the world. Visit the World Bookshelf,  home to over 200 brilliant books from across the globe,  to discover some of the most exciting contemporary literature available in English translation.

4.  Organise a fundraiser
Why not organise a fundraiser to support English PEN’s work? Host a second-hand book sale, a literary quiz, or an international book club to help raise funds to support PEN’s work throughout the year. Start fundraising. 

5.  Become a member or make a donation

Our members and supporters have always played an important role in our work to promote and defend the freedom to write and the freedom to read, both here in the UK and around the world. Become a member today or make a donation to support our work.


Please let us know what actions you take via the comments box below or via email to and help spread the word! #GivingTuesday


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