Freedom to read, freedom to write


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.

Often these campaigns have led to the appointment of individual writers as Honorary Members of our centre. We also prepare Writers in Prison profiles of these writers, for The Empty Chair installation and announcement at public events.

In the past year, our campaign cases have been focused on the regions of Burma (Myanmar), China, Tibet Autonomous Region and Vietnam.

Profiled here are the campaigns we have recently launched and continue to monitor. The writers in our campaign cases are featured in The Empty Chair installed at the City Campus Library and Tower Building of the University of Technology, Sydney.