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.

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.

Watch: Helen Cruickshank Lecture with Dr Candice Goucher
Watch: Helen Cruickshank Lecture with Dr Candice Goucher

In her lecture, Dr Goucher focuses on the interconnections and networks that have linked together women writers throughout history.

Scottish Black Writers Group with Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Scottish Black Writers Group with Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

The next meeting of the Scottish Black Writers Group is set for Thursday 17th June and features guest writer Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

PEN Centres worldwide call for the acquittal of all defendants in the Gezi hearing, and for the immediate release of Osman Kavala
PEN Centres call for the immediate release of Osman Kavala

We condemn the continued judicial harassment of all defendants in the Gezi trial.

Scottish PEN expresses deep concern for the health and safety of Indian writers and student activists in jail without trial as the pandemic continues.
Statement in support of Indian writers, journalists and activists in prison

As India reels under the second wave of a highly transmissable and deadly variant of the coronavirus, Scottish PEN is deeply disturbed by the health condition of writers, journalists and student activists in crowded Indian prisons where COVID 19 has affected many of the prisoners.

Scottish PEN expresses grave concern regarding the plight of writers in Gaza
Scottish PEN expresses grave concern regarding the plight of writers in Gaza

Scottish PEN notes with grave concern that on 15th May 2021 targeted airstrikes by the Israeli Air Force destroyed the offices of international media outlets the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in Gaza

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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From Lucian Heatherington-Jones, an adolscent from Croydon, his meeting with a mirth-seeking sect plunges him into a series of nightmarish metamorphoses from which he can only be saved by the wise and magnanumous Fotis.

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