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A poet contemplates his release from prison

A poet contemplates his release from prison

In a Christmas message from his prison cell in Turkey İlhan Sami Çomak ponders the nature of God and asks his supporters to recite these words upon his release from 30 years imprisonment in June next year. "It's done.  And so, I have come / May all the scurrilous winds be silent!" 

Some positive news from PEN International

Some positive news from PEN International

As we begin a new year, we thank you for your continued support of PEN Sydney and PEN International's work. In 2022 there was some good news worth celebrating.

LOVERS OF WRITING: VOLUNTEER AT SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL

LOVERS OF WRITING: VOLUNTEER AT SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL

If you love the SWF and have time, why not volunteer for SWF? A long term partner of PEN Sydney - providing us with support to deliver one of our k...

Joint statement calling for the release of unlawfully detained Iranian poets and writers

Joint statement calling for the release of unlawfully detained Iranian poets and writers

Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk joins more than 170 other prominent writers and scholars in condemning the detention of writers and poets by Iran's Islamic Republic.

Award winning Iranian poet unjustly jailed

Award winning Iranian poet unjustly jailed

PEN Sydney strongly condemns the detention of Baha’i writer and poet Mahvash Sabet in Evin prison, Tehran, who is currently being held in solitary confinement. Sabet was awarded the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize and was recognised as an International Writer of Courage for her powerful book of Prison Poems, written during a previous 10 year detention.

Violent Arrests of Leaders of Iranian Writers' Association are Designed to Intimidate and Silence

Violent Arrests of Leaders of Iranian Writers' Association are Designed to Intimidate and Silence

PEN Sydney and PEN America condemn the arrest of three more Iranian writers, as Iran continues its crackdown on free expression, targeting writers and artists.

Poetry and dinner fundraiser for PEN Afghanistan

Poetry and dinner fundraiser for PEN Afghanistan

On 9 December join us for a special fundraising dinner in support of PEN Afghanistan. The evening will be an intimate gathering of the Afghan and Australian communities, celebrating freedom of expression and continuity of culture. We will feature the powerful voices of Afghan writers and poets here in Sydney. 

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Release Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Release Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Promient Turkish academic and human rights defender arrested after restrained comments around alleged use of chemical weapons by the Turkish armed forces in the Kurdistan Regiona of Iraq.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert at The State Library of NSW

Kylie Moore-Gilbert at The State Library of NSW

Join Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert to hear about her 804 days in an Iranian prison and her campaigning for better conditions and access to justice for political prisoners.

A Message of Solidarity with the Women and People of Iran

A Message of Solidarity with the Women and People of Iran

A statement from the 88th Congress of PEN International in Uppsala, Sweden  for the global day of action in support of #MahsaAmini #WomenLifeFreedom say her name loudly Mahsa (Zhina) Amini!

The vestigial stump of blasphemy laws in Australia

The vestigial stump of blasphemy laws in Australia

Comedian and journalist Sami Shah was once accused of blasphemy in Australia and was forced into hiding. On International Blasphemy Day, he asks why these laws are still on our books?

Fears for the life of Iranian writer Arash Ganji

Fears for the life of Iranian writer Arash Ganji

False accusations and a transfer to a prison far from his family - the pressure on Arash Ganji is mounting.