Scottish PEN is a centre of PEN International and not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of expression and literature across borders.

We are a membership organisation and work with a range of writers, campaigners, activists and communities across Scotland and around the world.

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All members of Scottish PEN subscribe to the PEN Charter.

Event: Freedom for Varavara Rao
Event: Freedom for Varavara Rao

Join Scottish PEN, Irish PEN//PEN na hÉireann and guests as we share poetry readings and updates on the case of renowned Indian poet, Varavara Rao.

Joint statement: Freedom for Varavara Rao
Freedom for Varavara Rao

Five PEN Centres have come together to highlight the case of renowned Indian poet, Varavara Rao.

Scottish PEN response to imprisonment of writer Craig Murray
Scottish PEN response to imprisonment of writer Craig Murray

We join with writers and organisations around the world to express concern about the impending imprisonment of Scottish writer and blogger Craig Murray on a sentence of eight months.

Report: Impact of defamation law in Scotland
Report: Impact of defamation law in Scotland

In this study we hear from over 100 writers, editors, publishers and activists, who detail their experiences of defamation threats and the law, their fears around censorship in public discourse, and their feelings about free expression in Scotland today.

PENning magazine: Renewal edition out now
PENning magazine: Renewal edition

PENning, the Writers in Exile Committee's biannual online journal, presents work by Scottish PEN's member-writers alongside writing from people living in Scotland who are from other parts of the world.

Declarations On Freedom For Writers & Readers
Book shop: Purchase Declarations now

Featuring short fiction and poetry from over fifty writers in Scotland and across the globe, the anthology celebrates the power of the written and spoken word and the radical potential of reading.

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On Starlit Seas

1824 – Charged with a mission by the Empress of Brazil, celebrated writer and the toast of Georgian London, Maria Graham sets off for England with the Brazilian civil war at its height. Newly widowed and a woman travelling alone, the stakes are high and when she accepts roguish smuggler Captain James Henderson’s offer of passage on his ship, she gets more than she bargains for.

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