English PEN

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, a world-wide association of writers and literary professionals, campaigning for free expression, literacy, and literature accross frontiers. The organisation was founded in 1921.

The organsiation operates in several areas:

  • A programme of literacy projects, working with schools, youuth groups, UK prisons, migrant centres, care homes, and with returning soldiers.
  • A translation programme funded by Arts Council England and Bloomberg.
  • Literary events and prizes
  • International free speech campaigns on behalf of persecuted writers
  • Campaigns to expand human rights and the space for free expression in the UK.

English PEN has collaborated with ORG on the #DontSpyOnUs campaign and the #PrivacyNotPrism legal action at the ECHR in Strasbourg.

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