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.

PENning magazine event
PENning magazine: Online reading event

Join the Scottish PEN Writers in Exile Committee and a variety of published writers as we hear readings from PENning magazine. Tuesday 27th July 2021 (7.00pm)

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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Jenni Calder

Forgive, A Novel

Life is a complicated business with no simple fix for damage done, casually or intentionally. In the face of her ex-husband’s need for forgiveness, Ruth wonders about its presence, or absence, in the important relationships of her life, the different things it represents to different people and what it really means to her. People often take refuge in Ruth’s friendship.

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