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We are currently in the process of building a beautiful new website, and so will be taking a little longer than usual to update our online content.

December 9, 2016

Press Release: Announcing Many Voices, a Scottish PEN project

Scottish PEN announces its 18-month project MANY VOICES. In this press release you will find more information on writers and partner organisations involved.

March 2, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Defamation & Public Interest Reporting

Scottish PEN condemns the action brought against Andy Wightman MSP and calls for reform to adequately protect free expression & public interest reporting.

February 27, 2017

Letter from Iain Galbraith

Iain Galbraith received an award by PEN America, but did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban. This is his letter.

February 15, 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A previously unpublished essay by James Kelman on the relationship between artists, the working class, and fighting injustice.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

[CLOSED] Many Voices opportunities for writers

[CLOSED] 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