Daniel Gorman, Director
Daniel Gorman joined English PEN as Director in August 2019. Prior to English PEN Daniel was Executive Director of Shubbak, Europe’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture. Daniel is also a co-founder of Highlight Arts, who have organised UK-based international arts festivals and events since 2007 including projects working with writers in Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Daniel has written for the Guardian, Irish Times, N+1 and many others, and contributed an essay to the PEN supported volume Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline (Saqi Books, 2014). Daniel is a National Arts Strategies ‘CEO Community and Culture’ 2015 fellow and a British Council Cultural Leadership International fellow.
Cat Lucas, Writers at Risk Programme Manager
Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world, and our residency programme for international writers. Cat studied French and Spanish at University College London, and her translations of work by Cuban writers Jorge Olivera Castillo and Julio Cesar Galvez have been published in Index on Censorship and PEN International’s ‘Write Against Impunity’ anthology.
Hannah Trevarthen, Events and Partnerships Manager
Hannah joined English PEN in January 2015. Previously, she worked for four years as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She manages PEN’s year round programme of high-profile events. Hannah has an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University.
Will Forrester, Translation and International Manager
Will runs the Writers in Translation programme, managing PEN Translates, editing PEN Transmissions and programming International Translation Day.
Previously, he worked for Commonwealth Writers, the cultural agency for the Commonwealth, and in the visual arts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a BA in English and an MSt in World Literatures from the University of Oxford. Elsewhere, he is Project Manager at Untold, a programme working with writers in conflict and post-conflict areas, and is Non-fiction Editor at Review 31. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the London Magazine, and elsewhere.
Marion Rankine, Membership and Events Officer
Marion joined English PEN in January 2019. She looks after English PEN’s loyal membership base and provides support on events, comms and the biannual PEN Translates grants.
A seasoned bookseller, she was previously Head of Promotions and Retail Standards at Foyles, and has sold books at leading independent stores in London, Melbourne and Brisbane. She majored in Creative Writing and Literature at Melbourne University, and is also a freelance writer, reviewer, and the author of a small book about literary umbrellas.
Deborah Bourne, Finance and Governance Manager
Deborah is an experienced arts manager with particular expertise in finance and governance in the context of small-scale arts organisations. She has worked with a variety of Arts Council England NPOs including Engage (the National Association for Gallery Education), the Poetry Archive, Poetry Translation Centre and Ballet Black. Deborah is a trustee of LUX, a registered charity for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice.
Rachel Crome, Head of Communications
Rachel joined English PEN as Head of Communications in September 2019. Previously, she worked at Amnesty International for five years, delivering digital campaigns on issues such as the refugee crisis, the arms trade and Syria. In other lives, she was a copywriter, an editor and an English teacher. She studied English at Nottingham University, and Human Rights Law at LSE.
Sim Eldem, Head of Communications (interim)
Sim joined English PEN in January 2021 as interim Head of Communications. Previously, they worked with campaigners for gender diversity in music, Keychange, PR consultancy Bolton & Quinn, and Southbank Centre. Sim grew up in Istanbul and has an MA in History of Art from the University of East Anglia. They are a volunteer with trans-led charity for young people, Gendered Intelligence, and are co-curating an exhibition on Istanbul photography by LGBT artists and activists.
Nadia Saeed, Programmes and Administration Assistant
Nadia joined English PEN as Programmes and Administration Assistant in October 2020. She works closely with the team on membership, finance and PEN Translates. She graduated from the University of York in 2018 with a BA in English and Linguistics and has since worked in both the Theatre and Publishing industries.
Careers at English PEN
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