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PEN Melbourne: Annual General Meeting and card writing to imprisoned writers

  • Prahran Mechanics Institute Library 39 St Edmond's Road Prahran (map)

Please join us at our annual card- writing to imprisoned writersand AGM, on Tuesday November 24, 7.00 - 9.30pm.

Reports from PEN International's 2015 Congress including PEN Melbourne's resolution on Australia's ' terrorism' laws and from Arnold Zable about our international and local campaign and support for Behrouz Boochani, Writer in Prison on Manus Island. 

Elect and support the new Committee

As per PEN's constitution, we will be having elections for all positions on the PEN Melbourne Committee.  While most of the existing Committee members will seek to nominate again, we are also very committee to supporting and welcoming new Committee members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Committee, please find links to download a nomination form below. Please do not hesitate tocontact us for any clarification and encouragement. 

Tuesday, 24 November, 2015
7.00pm - 9.30pm
Prahran Mechanics Institute Library
39 St Edmond's Road, Prahran

Please keep this time free as an opportunity to connect with other PEN Melbourne members and to show solidarity with persecuted and imprisoned writes globally.

Click here to access PEN Melbourne's 2014 AGM minutes, as only a few paper copies will be available on the night

2015 Agenda

Refreshments and conversation

1.     Welcome to members and statement of acknowledgement and respect to Aboriginal owners and elders: Jackie Mansourian, Secretary

2.     2014 AGM Minutes and Financial Report  : Jackie Mansourian

3.     Christine McKenzie, President of PEN Melbourne  - Reflections and highlights of 2015

4.     Annual Financial Report 2014 – 2015 - Prepared and presented by Ben Quin, Treasurer

5.     New Committee 2015 – 2016 and reviewing our Statement of Purpose other Constitutional matters  – Jackie Mansourian and Regina Hill

6.     PEN Melbourne’s Resolution at PEN International 2015 Congress – Statement prepared by Judith Rodriguez and read by Josephine Scicluna

7.     Behrouz Boochani – Australia’s Writer in Prison on Manus Island – Arnold Zable reads from Boochani’s writing

 8.     Guest Speaker – William Gourlay

William Gourlay graduated with BA from University of Melbourne in 1990. He has since worked as a teacher in Turkey, as a freelance journalist, and since 2001 as commissioning editor for Lonely Planet in Melbourne and London. He graduated with Master of Islamic Studies at Monash in 2011, with a thesis examining the legacy of the reform movement in the Islamic Republic in Iran from 1995 until 2008. He is currently doing a PhD investigating Kurdish identity in Turkey.

9.     Annual Card Writing – An act of friendship and solidarity to writers who are in detention, imprisoned and persecuted for their courage to write .