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.

Concern regarding refusal of bail application by journalist Julian Assange

Scottish PEN notes with great concern that on Wednesday, 6 January, 2020, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange was refused bail at Westminster Magistrates Court in relation to the ongoing attempts of the government of the United States that he be extradited to face espionage and hacking charges.

Women Writers: Naomi Mitchison Lecture

The 2021 Naomi Mitchison Lecture will focus on how issues of women's rights impact on writers in Scotland today.

Scottish Black Writers Group with Alex Wheatle

During Black History Month, we partnered with Scottish BAME Writers Network to launch the Scottish Black Writers Group. The next meeting of the group is set for Thursday 21st January and features writer Alex Wheatle.

Survey: Assessing the impact of Scottish defamation law on writers and publishers

In partnership with the University of Strathclyde, this survey from Scottish PEN hopes to assess the impact current defamation law in Scotland has on writers, journalists, editors, publishers, campaigners, and social media users.

Watch our event: The Right to Write

On Thursday 10th December, Just Festival and Scottish PEN hosted a conversation with writers Leela Soma and David Manderson to mark Human Rights Day 2020. Watch a recording of the event below.

JOY edition of PENning magazine published

The latest issue of PENning, the Writers in Exile Committee’s biannual online journal, features fiction and poetry by Lizzie Eldridge, Lizzie Husm Bertelsen, Anne Connolly, AC Clarke, Donald Adamson, Jen Gray, Mandy Hagith and Joy Hendry.

Scottish Black Writers Group with Nandi Jola

During Black History Month, we partnered with Scottish BAME Writers Network to launch the Scottish Black Writers Group. The next meeting of the group is set for Thursday 18th February and features writer Nandi Jola.

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.

Take action: Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2020

Take action to support the cases of writers imprisoned in Turkey, including Ahmet Altan, Ilhan Sami Çomak, Osman Kavala and Nedim Türfent.

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Praise of Ben Dorain by Alan Riach

Praise over all to Ben Dorain –
She rises beneath the radiant beams of the sun –
In all the magnificent range of the mountains around,
So shapely, so sheer are her slopes, there are none
To compare; she is fair, in the light, like the flight
Of the deer, in the hunt, across moors, on the run,
Or under the green leafy branches of trees, in the groves
Of the woods, where the thick grass grows,
And the curious deer, watchful and tentative,
Hesitant, sensitive: I have had all these clear, in my sight.

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