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December 9, 2016

Press Release: Andy Wightman MSP, Defamation & Public Interest Reporting

Press release regarding action brought against Andy Wightman MSP 24-02-2017 // Read on for the full text of the press release.

February 24, 2017

The “Freedom for Freedom of Expression” Rally, Istanbul 1997

James Kelman looks at the recent history of the Kurdish people’s oppression by Turkey and complicit European nations.

January 27, 2017

Literary freedom and human rights

James Kelman argues that if we are to defend writers in exile, we should look at how people are also censored and marginalised inside the UK.

January 27, 2017

Em hene! (We Exist!)

James Kelman argues that if we are to support Kurdish writers, we should demand proper media coverage and fully engage with their political cause.

January 27, 2017

Some thoughts on Artists and Injustice

A previously unpublished essay by James Kelman on the relationship between artists, the working class, and fighting injustice.

January 27, 2017

Many Voices opportunities for writers

We’re commissioning writers to deliver creative workshops to marginalised communities around Scotland.

December 23, 2016

I’ve said it a hundred times

A found-words poem made in our Book Week Scotland workshop, which simulated censored conditions to raise awareness about silenced writers.

December 9, 2016

Hiding from watch lists and lost in translation: Marjorie Lotfi Gill on self-censorship

Marjorie Lotfi Gill explores what censorship means for her when writing about friends, family, and the Iranian Revolution.

November 24, 2016

82nd International PEN Congress: A report from Carl MacDougall

Scottish PEN’s president recounts stories about freedom of expression that we heard at PEN International’s annual conference.

November 17, 2016

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Edinburgh-based writer Alice Tarbuck wrote a found words poem from keywords that alert the US government to terrorist threats.

November 11, 2016