Thursday, March 31, 2011

English PEN awarded three-fold increase in Arts Council funding

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Arts Council England today announced its National Portfolio funding decisions. We are delighted to confirm that English PEN has been awarded a threefold increase in funding and will receive £230,000 in 2012-13. This will allow the organisation to develop its support for world writing in translation whilst expanding its education and events programmes. The Arts Council said that English PEN was “highly recommended”, with a “dynamic, effective and involved” board of Trustees led by the President, Gillian Slovo, and “outstanding” leadership from the Director, Jonathan Heawood.

Gillian Slovo said: “Jonathan's brilliant leadership and the work of all English PEN’s staff, members and trustees has created the conditions for this successful application.”

Jonathan Heawood said: “This increased funding puts English PEN on firm foundations for the future but it is not the whole story. We will need the continuing support of writers, publishers and all our partners to turn this new vision into reality.”


· There is no better time to join English PEN! If you have not yet joined us, you can sign-up by direct debit for only £4 per month. And if you are already a member, why not invite a friend to join us too? We welcome anyone who values literature and the freedom to write.

· Arts Council England have published all their National Portfolio funding decisions on their website. English PEN has been award a grant for the London region.

· English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers. Established in 1921, PEN will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2011.

· For more information please contact Robert Sharp, Campaigns Manager, on 020 7324 2538 or

Robert Sharp | Campaigns Manager | English PEN

t. 020 7324 2535 | d. 020 7324 2538 |

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

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