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  • PEN SPECIAL EVENT AT WRITERS FESTIVAL

    Listen to the recent PEN Free Voices Lecture at the Sydney Writers Festival to hear the celebrated human rights lawyer and President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs discuss the nature and implications of freedom of expression as an internationally recognised human right. More here

     

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  • Welcome

    Sydney PEN was founded in 1931 by Ethel Turner, Mary Gilmore, and Dorothea Mackellar. PEN centres spread rapidly across the world and today there are local centres throughout Asia and the South Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

    Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, is an association of Australian writers and readers, publishers and human rights activists. We interpret the PEN Charter as being open to all those who support the work of writers, editors and translators. Current or prospective members can read ourStatement of Objects and download our Constitution, most recently amended in 2005.

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  • Each year Sydney PEN presents a series of lectures, “Free Voices” with outstanding contributors presenting a contribution to the subject of Freedom of Expression.

    The lectures can be found in the PEN Magazines by clicking on the “Pen Magazine” button above.

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Our Campaigns

Sydney PEN’s Writers in Prison works with International PEN to select the urgent regional cases that feature in our public advocacy campaigns. We prepare letters to relevant individuals which can be printed, signed and posted by anyone who cares about freedom to read and write.

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By joining Sydney PEN you will be supporting the work of an historical Australian organisation, with a focus on advocating for these rights in our Asian and Pacific region.

Membership of International PEN is through Sydney PEN, its local centre. Membership is open to all who subscribe…

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About Sydney PEN

PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, emphasises the role of literature in mutual understanding and world culture; and promotes literature in various ways, including opposing restraints on freedom of expression and working to promote literacy itself. Today International PEN has 144 centres in 102 countries across the globe, and is a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered because of the words they write. Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, is an association of Australian writers and readers, publishers and human rights activists.

Above: International PEN  President John Ralston Saul speaks to PEN Sydney.

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Gillian Triggs Lecture Audiofile

Listen to the recent PEN Free Voices Lecture at the Sydney Writers Festival to hear the celebrated human rights lawyer … Continued