The Unescocat awards the writers association Catalan Center of PEN Club for its contribution to the defense of freedom of expression and linguistic rights, for its commitment to dialogue between cultures and for the international projection of Catalan identity.
September 07, 2011
I write this monthly letter from Tunis, where PEN Tunisia is rebuilding itself after the fall of the dictatorship. Naziha Rjiba, President of the Centre and Sihem Bensedrine, Secretary General,
took terrible risks during Ben Ali’s time and suffered a great deal. The situation remains complex and fragile, but they are working hard to build and solidify the role of literature and freedom of expression. They used my visit to call a public meeting of writers in order to get them involved in PEN. It was fascinating and successful.
Egypt Pen members proclaim their rejection of bringing to trial blogger Mikel Nabil Sanad infront of a A military court , and call for his immediate release .Sanad was sentenced to three years in jail last April , and began a hunger strike on 23 August ,and his life now is at risk .
We members of Egypt Pen support Sanad’s right to freedom of expression , especially after January 25 , when all Egyptians are freed from despotism and repression .
PEN Jordan is watching closely and with great concern the criminal attacks on opposition Writers, journalists and artists in Syria;
who have chosen to voice their opposition through their performance arts or political satire. This is a flagrant attack on their right of peaceful protest. Freedom of speech is a universal human right, and as such, should not be opposed or persecuted by anyone.
Statement of clarification re Haifa meeting
December 29th, 2010
To whom it may concern,
The meeting entitled “Words Beyond Borders” to be held in Haifa, Israel on December 1st to 4th 2010 is not a PEN International event nor a PEN Writers for Peace Committee event. It was agreed by the Assembly of Delegates at the 76th PEN World Congress in Tokyo in September 2010 that this event would not be a PEN International event, nor a PEN Writers for Peace Committee event. Any individual is free to choose in their personal capacity whether they will attend this event.
Statement from PEN Jordan
PEN Jordan deplores the killing and intimidation of any country,
By Lucina Kathmann
PEN International recognizes achievement of 2010 Nobel Laureates at global gathering of world writers
14th September 2011
Hundreds of writers, editors, translators and publishers from across the globe celebrate the achievement of 2010 Nobel Prizes by Mario Vargas Llosa and Liu Xiaobo and call for the release of Xiaobo and his wife.
It was a wonderful introduction to the world of PEN to attend this year’s Annual Congress in Belgrade . My thanks to everyone who took the time to meet me and share news, hopes and aspirations for PEN. To those members with whom I have not as yet had the opportunity to talk – please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know about your work, your centre, your committee engagement and your ideas for the future of PEN.
Every year the Scottish International Storytelling Festival presents a programme of storytelling showcasing the legends and myths of Scotland, in exploration with another corner of the globe, highlighting the power of storytelling as an ancient and modern artform.
Storytelling is a wonderful gateway to culture as its heritage is directly informed by the stories of place, and the Festival explores Scottish customs and international traditions.