Thursday, March 25, 2010

Free the Word! 2010

Free the Word! 2010

14 – 18 April

Tickets now on sale …

Back for a third year, International PEN’s Free the Word! festival of world literature is set to take London on a global journey of words through conversations with the great writers you know and the great writers you don’t.

Extending our literary celebrations to five days to bring you over 40 writers from 25 countries, we’re still offering our usual reader’s box of delights. Come and interrogate the graphic nature of crime writing, discuss the fact of fiction, hear the stories of international best-selling writers and listen to the voices of up-and-coming talents.

We are delighted to welcome Nobel prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, Cuban Noir novelist Leonardo Padura, graphic novelists from Israel, India and Denmark, poetry from Uyghur China, Zapotec Mexico and Somalia, a rare appearance by US author Richard Ford in conversation with Blake Morrison, as well as events featuring outspoken Egyptian novelist Nawal El Saadawi. We will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee in some special events that mark their work defending freedom of expression since 1960.

We’re also teaming up with English PEN, the Hay Festival and Bloomsbury Books to celebrate the Hay Beirut39 literature festival with a free event at the Free Word Centre on Thursday 15th April at 1pm.

Click here for more information about Free the Word! events and to book tickets:

Events take place at Southbank Centre, Southwark Playhouse, Foyle’s Bookshop, the Free Word Centre, the Young Vic and the London School of Economics.

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