PEN Melbourne invites you to
A Moroccan banquet and spoken word in support of the
Hrant Dink Foundation and
human rights in Turkey
Sunday, September 18, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Moroccan Deli-cacy, 313 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Hrant Dink was one of PEN International’s writers-in-prison cases during 2005 and 2006 – and as part of PEN Melbourne’s annual card-writing events, many of us wrote messages of solidarity to Hrant in December 2006. He was assassinated on January 19, 2007, and we received his card of gratitude two months after his murder. PEN Melbourne has since committed to support freedom of expression and human rights in Turkey.
The Hrant Dink Foundation was created in his honour. They organise the International Hrant Dink Awards annually in September to recognise human rights work globally and in Turkey. (More at http://www.hrantdink.org/?HrantDink=15&Lang=en.)
These are complex times in Turkey – which makes the ongoing work of the Foundation and especially the Awards even more significant.
In 2015 the awards were granted to women’s rights activist Samar Badawi from Saudi Arabia and to Kaos GL, an initiative that works for LGBT rights in Turkey.
This is part of PEN Melbourne’s ongoing work in bringing together community members, writers, poets, artists, and musicians in a process of dialogue for building human rights in Turkey.
$50 per head for a delicious Moroccan vegetarian banquet in a beautiful space, poetry, readings, and good conversation. Alcohol free event. Please note there is a steep staircase to the venue.
Please book by September 14 via Jackie Mansourianadmin@penmelbourne.org