Welcome to the Scottish Centre of International PEN

Scottish PEN is part of International PEN, a dynamic worldwide association of writers pledged to protect freedom of expression and promote literature across frontiers throughout the world.

“In a world where independent voices are increasingly stifled, PEN is not a luxury it is a necessity.”

Margaret Atwood, Vice-President, International PEN.

Latest News

  • News

    New Blog Post: The Clutha Crash and John McGarrigle

    17 Dec 2013 - 17:16

    The picture of Billy Connolly on the front of this week's paper says what most of us in Glasgow feel. There's a heaviness about him, as if grief is a physical presence he carries with him. He flew from New York to be here, wearing a jacket with the American eagle on the front, but his presence at the Clutha said that however far he has gone from his native city, it is always there inside him.

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    New Blog Post: Home and identity by Nalini Paul

    17 Dec 2013 - 17:07

    I was surrounded by at least three different languages, while growing up. I was born in India and my parents spoke Punjabi and Hindi as well as English; and apparently I spoke Hindi while living in India, but I do not remember this.

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    New Blog Post: A Voyage to Babylon - a story of The Killing Times

    4 Dec 2013 - 12:13

    A few years ago, at Fotheringhay Church, I attended the first performance of ‘Sunlight on a Pale Green Ocean’. After the performance, someone in the audience asked if I would write a piece on Mary, Queen of Scots who had been executed at Fotheringhay Castle.

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The written word is the life blood of communication and democracy, and attempts to silence writers anywhere in the world affect us all. Now in the 21st century we need to be more alert than ever to the curtailment of free expression, and more active than ever in helping the written word to cross borders.

For over 80 years Scottish PEN has been committed to fostering a dynamic literary culture in Scotland, vital for the nation to play its part on the international stage.

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Mike Knowles, Pascal Saez and PEN members.


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