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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.

We stand with Salman Rushdie

We stand with Salman Rushdie

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Without the freedom to challenge, even to satirize all orthodoxies, it ceases to exist. Language and the imagination cannot be imprisoned, or art will die, and with it, a little of what makes us human.” Salman Rushdie.

Video of Farewell to Frank Moorhouse

Video of Farewell to Frank Moorhouse

The Farewell to Frank Moorhouse was held on the 13th of July 2022  at 2 pm at the State Library of NSW. In this moving ceremony Frank's broth...

Kurdish PEN Centre in exile in Germany

Kurdish PEN Centre in exile in Germany

The Kurdish PEN Centre held their annual congress in Oldenburg, Germany, this week.  They are not free to operate in their homeland because of the repression of writers and journalists by the various governments controlling Kurdistan.  PEN Sydney sent them a message of solidarity and support.

We stand with Maria Ressa and Rappler

We stand with Maria Ressa and Rappler

Philippine authorities have again ordered the shutdown of the investigative news site Rappler founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa.  It is one of the new Philippines media outlets critical of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte's government.

 

Frank Moorhouse 1938-2022: From local views to big news

Frank Moorhouse 1938-2022: From local views to big news

Catherine Lumby pays tribute to acclaimed writerFrank Moorhouse, a long time staunch supporter ofPEN and one of its Distinguished Writers, who died...

Vale Frank Moorhouse

Vale Frank Moorhouse

Frank Moorhouse will be missed for his great creative spirit, his passion and advocacy, humour, his sense of personal style and his generosity.

“Over the past half century and more, few writers in this country have mattered as much as Frank." Angelo Loukakis