Freedom to read, freedom to write

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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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.

Latest News

AUSTRALIA’s Anti–Terrorism laws Resolution

At the recent PEN International Congress in Quebec City, the first resolution adopted by the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, was about Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws. The resolution relates to the constraint…

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Special Lecture from David Malouf

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