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.”
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.
Are you a writer or editor? Do you care about Scotland’s literary future? Are you concerned about the writers who suffer under repressive regimes?
Then please support us. Become a member – click Join Scottish PEN to find out how to join.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Slideshow photographs courtesy of
Mike Knowles, Pascal Saez and PEN members.