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

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    New Writing now open for submissions

    2 Jun 2014 - 21:34

    New Writing is now open for submissions for the November issue.

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    June issue of New Writing now on-line.

    2 Jun 2014 - 21:32

    The June issue of New Writing is now on-line. To view it click on New Writing on the menu and scroll down to PENning Leavings

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    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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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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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?

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