When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free.

— Orhan Pamuk
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PEN Melbourne

The PEN Melbourne Centre is one of 147 PEN International centres worldwide whose members are united in a common concern for the art of writing and freedom of expression. As an affiliate of PEN International, PEN Melbourne brings writers together from across cultures to share experiences, explore ideas and conduct public conversations about how literature transforms, influences and fosters cross-cultural exchange. PEN Melbourne focuses on women writers, Indigenous Australian writers, writers in prison, and has an interest in the Asia and Pacific region. It campaigns on behalf of persecuted and silenced writers and lets them know they are not alone. PEN Melbourne’s publication The Quarterly provides a forum for members to publish relevant works.

As writers in many countries continue to be silenced the work of PEN is needed more than ever.

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PEN Melbourne is thrilled that after six years of horrendous detention on Manus Island, highly awarded Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been enthusiastically welcomed on his arrival in New Zealand. Behrouz tweeted “I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years. I have been invited by Word Festival in Christchurch and will participate in an event here. Thank you to all the friends who made this happen.” Behrouz is in NZ on a …

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PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer This is a free event. Bookings are essential and can be booked at the link below. Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.15pm-7.15pmat The Wheeler Centre Writers and journalists are often among the first citizens targeted and punished by autocratic leaders. With creeping authoritarianism and instability in many regions around the world, it’s an increasingly dangerous time for writers of all kinds. On the eve of PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, we’ll hold a special …

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Tues Nov 19  at 6.30pm to 8.00pm Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC Bookings: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/winter-spring-2019/day-of-the-imprisoned-writer-lecture/ Produced by PEN Melbourne Challenge What You Know: What’s really happening to Julian Assange What’s really happening to Julian Assange? What has Australia done to protect his welfare? And why aren’t we hearing more about the most intriguing and complex threats to liberal democracy of our time? Jennifer Robinson, counsel to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, will present a talk that considers the …