ABOUT

We are the Scottish branch of PEN International, a not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of speech and literature across borders.

“The written word explains us to ourselves and others. Every nation, large or small, needs free speech – and to support PEN.”

– Ian Rankin, Scottish PEN Member

We are the Scottish branch of PEN International, a not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of speech and literature across borders.

PEN’s work is more important than ever. We live in a climate of self-censorship, fear, and uncertainty that restricts how we share ideas. Communications across borders are spied on and impeded. Writers around the world are censored, imprisoned, even sentenced to death. Those who escape into exile live in perpetual displacement and struggle to find a voice.

Scottish PEN defends these writers and their freedom of expression, freedom of press, and, most importantly, freedom to critique.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

HOW DO WE DO THIS?