Thursday, February 10, 2011

English PEN Events February 2011

English PEN Events February 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Just a quick reminder of some of the events English PEN has coming up in the next few weeks. Full details of our Writers in Public programme can also be found on the English PEN website.

‘I have an Idea!’

Tuesday 15 February, 6.30pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road , London EC1R 3GA

We begin our 90th anniversary celebrations by exploring the origins of PEN. In 1921, the poet, novelist and literary hostess Amy Dawson Scott declared 'I have an Idea!' She envisaged an international association of writers that would work towards greater understanding and peace between nations. 90 years later, PEN has grown into a global body with members in more than 100 countries worldwide. For this unique event, exploring the personalities and politics behind the birth of this extraordinary organisation, join the founder's granddaughter,Marjorie Ann Watts, illustrator, children's books author and writer who has recently published the short story collection Are They Funny, Are They Dead?; literary historian Simon Barker, author of a study of the life and work of English PEN's first President, John Galsworthy; andVictoria Glendinning, the biographer and former President of English PEN.

Tickets for this event are £5 for English PEN members and £8 for non-members. To book, please call the Free Word Centre on 020 7324 2570 or
visit their website. The ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Representing Sri Lanka in the Face of Conflict

Wednesday 23 February, 6pm

Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, The Strand, London , WC2R 2LS

Sri Lanka has been home to one of the longest civil wars in recent history, yet this conflict has gone relatively unreported and attacks upon journalists are widespread. In this special event exploring the long and complex history behind the conflict, Priyath Liyanage, head of the BBC Singala Service, will show an extract from his film August Sun and discuss his experiences of representing Sri Lanka in both the media and on film. He'll be joined by Dr. Minoli Salgado, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex and author of Writing Sri Lanka : Literature, Resistance and the Politics of Place and members of the Sri Lanka Peace and Justice Campaign.

This event is being organised and hosted by the inaugural English PEN student group, based at King's College, London .

Tickets are £3, or £2 for students and PEN members. Please
book online, or call 020 7324 2535. It is also possible to pay on the door, but as space is limited please reserve your place in advance by emailing


Sunday 6 March, 7pm

The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road , London NW6 7JR

In a special theatrical evening to mark the handover of the English PEN Presidency from Lisa Appignanesi to Gillian Slovo, the two authors choose writings that have inspired and moved them over the years. Leading actors join them to read their favourites. From Pooh to Portnoy, from Carol Ann Duffy to Salman Rushdie, their inspirations include some of the treasures of world literature - and some of its best kept secrets. Join us for this star-studded fundraising event, directed by leading playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Tickets for this event are £25. To book, call the Tricycle Theatre on 020 7328 1000 or visit their website.

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