Thursday, October 21, 2010

Volunteering for the Colman Getty PEN Quiz

Volunteering for the Colman Getty PEN Quiz

Welcome to PEN volunteer pool.
Once again, the Colman Getty PEN Quiz is fast approaching - Monday 22nd November, and I'm going to need around 15 volunteers to help out for the whole evening. The full e-invite is below. Many of you are veterans now, but for those of you who are new, the evening is basically one big pub quiz for the media industry with 25 tables of 10 taking part. Each volunteer is assigned to a group of 2-3 tables and your job for the night is to sell as many raffle tickets to your table as physically possible and collect in the answer sheets and get them to the scorers at the end of each round. You need to be at the Royal Institute of British Architects for 6pm and able to stay until 11pm. You'll be more than welcome to stay on after that to linger at the bar. There will be no swanky RIBA dinner for us, sadly, but we will provide sandwiches and cake. It's also a great chance to see the great and the good of the literary world sniping and falling over and Foyles provide a twenty pound gift voucher for each volunteer as a thank you.

If you're available and interested in taking part then do let me know. If you let me know within the next couple of days then your name will also go in the thank you section of the programme!


Monday 22 November 2009, 6pm-midnight
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

English PEN and Colman Getty invite you to sharpen your wits and raise vital funds for the premier literary charity at the 2010 Colman Getty PEN Quiz. Last year, the Times Thunderers took first place after a tense tie-break to take home the much coveted trophy. The evening will take place in the beautiful art-deco setting of the Royal Institute of British Architects. David Baddiel, comedian and writer will be acting as Quizmaster and Marcus Berkmann author of Brain Men: A Passion to Compete and The Prince of Wales (Highgate) Quiz Book, will once again be acting as question setter. Teams from across the media landscape will be competing hotly for the honour of beating their rivals, whilst raising essential funds for PEN’s work promoting literature and defending freedom of expression. As Margaret Atwood said, ‘PEN is not a luxury, it is a necessity.’ The same could be said of attendance at the Colman Getty PEN Quiz.

We hope that you can join us for an evening of great fun at this now well-established highlight of the autumn calendar.

Tables of ten: £1,500.
This price includes:
· Champagne Reception;
· Entry to the Quiz;
· Three course dinner with wine;
· The chance to win some very exclusive raffle prizes…

To book your table please call Sarah Hesketh on 020 7324 2535 or email

What they said about PEN…

Philip Pullman: ‘PEN supports writers at that lonely point when the virtue they most need to call on is courage’

Orhan Pamuk: ‘Whatever the country, freedom of thought and expression are universal human rights. When another writer in another house is not free, no writer is free. This, indeed, is the spirit that informs the solidarity felt by PEN, by writers all over the world.’

Sarah Hesketh | Assistant Director | English PEN
t. 020 7324 2535 | d. 020 7324 2536 | |
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

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