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    On 15 November 2015 PEN Sydney marked the 34th anniversary of the annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer with a special lecture from internationally acclaimed Australian author, David Malouf.

    David spoke about how the digitally connected world and cultural changes towards a more global society has created a need for writers to reform the way they express themselves in public and private discourse, and the pressures and constraints this has on freedom of expression.

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  • Welcome

    Sydney PEN was founded in 1931 by Ethel Turner, Mary Gilmore, and Dorothea Mackellar. PEN centres spread rapidly across the world and today there are local centres throughout Asia and the South Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

    Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, is an association of Australian writers and readers, publishers and human rights activists. We interpret the PEN Charter as being open to all those who support the work of writers, editors and translators. Current or prospective members can read ourStatement of Objects and download our Constitution, most recently amended in 2005.

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  • Each year Sydney PEN presents a series of lectures, “Free Voices” with outstanding contributors presenting a contribution to the subject of Freedom of Expression.

    The lectures can be found in the PEN Magazines by clicking on the “Pen Magazine” button above.

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Our Campaigns

Sydney PEN’s Writers in Prison works with International PEN to select the urgent regional cases that feature in our public advocacy campaigns. We prepare letters to relevant individuals which can be printed, signed and posted by anyone who cares about freedom to read and write.

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Join Sydney PEN

By joining Sydney PEN you will be supporting the work of an historical Australian organisation, with a focus on advocating for these rights in our Asian and Pacific region.

Membership of International PEN is through Sydney PEN, its local centre. Membership is open to all who subscribe…

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About Sydney PEN

PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, emphasises the role of literature in mutual understanding and world culture; and promotes literature in various ways, including opposing restraints on freedom of expression and working to promote literacy itself. Today International PEN has 144 centres in 102 countries across the globe, and is a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered because of the words they write. Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, is an association of Australian writers and readers, publishers and human rights activists.

Above: International PEN  President John Ralston Saul speaks to PEN Sydney.

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