Save the date!

The English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2017

April Saturday 1st 2017 in Venue One, Rich Mix: London
2pm / 4pm / 7.30pm – Entrance Free but membership appreciated. 

Save the date for this year’s English Pen Modern Literature Festival, curated by Steven J. Fowler, and showcasing new work to celebrate writers at risk.

Again this year, the Festival will pair UK-based writers with Writers at Risk from around the world, to celebrate and raise awareness of English Pen Writers at Risk programme, and of the individual writers supported by it.

Details of the event can be found at  or below. Information can also be found at The Enemies Project website, quoted here:

 ‘The English PEN Modern Literature Festival sees 30 contemporary UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world at Rich Mix, London, on April 1st 2017. #penfestuk Visit

Writers poets, novelists, playwrights and artists come together to continue English PEN’s relationship with innovative contemporary literature over an extraordinary day where each of the writers presented brand new poetry, text, reportage & performance on a day that celebrates and evidences the struggle of fellow writers around the world, in solidarity.

The 2017 festival will feature Denise Riley, Sarah Howe, Hannah Silva, Sandeep Parmar, Vahni Capildeo, Luke Kennard, Tom Jenks, John Hall, Nathan Jones, Tony White, Matthew Welton, Susie Campbell, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Chrissy Williams, Camilla Nelson, Chloe Spicer, Nisha Ramayya, Carol Watts, Larry Lynch, Kate Wakeling, Rebecca Tamas, matt martin, Zoë Skoulding, Mischa Foster Poole, Simon Pomery, Peter Philpott, Lavinia Singer, Sasha Dugdale and SJ Fowler.

Please join English PEN’


It is an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to participate in this event and help to raise awareness of the Writers at Risk programme, and of the extraordinary writer with whom I have been paired: Tsering Woeser, a Tibetan writer whose poetry, reportage, history and cyberjournalism offer an outspoken and illuminating account of life in Tibet. She writes about forbidden subjects such imprisonment, injustice and protest, as well as about finding her own voice as a poet and commentator. As a result, she has been harassed and placed under severe restrictions by the authorities. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing here about Woeser, her work and the process of preparing for the English Pen Modern Literature Festival.

Tsering Woeser, Tiber, 2010

Tsering Woeser, Tibet, 2010


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