Tsitsi Dangarembga is the voice of Zimbabwe

Winner of the PEN Pinter Prize she has been arrested for her peaceful protests. Her novels chronicle  the corrosive effects of colonialism.

Words in a war

What place does language have in war? Tetiana Gubii is a Russian-speaking Ukrainian and fears her mother tongue is being silenced in the conflict.

Yang Henjung trial deeply flawed

Australian PEN Centres deeply condemn suspended death sentence handed to Australian writer imprisoned in China.

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PEN Sydney works to free writers who are at risk of being silenced. Their words and courage give us the motivation to continue.

“We are aware that promoting freedom of expression in a place like Iran has a price to pay. But it does not mean we accept such an unjust verdict voluntarily. We expect all writers around the world to pay attention to this issue and to not allow writers to go to jail very easily.”

Reza Khandan Mahabadi

A prolific author, researcher and leading member of the Iranian Writers Association, he was imprisoned in 2019. Partly through the work of PEN Sydney and PEN America he was released in February 2023.

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