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.

Call to members: Scottish PEN AGM, Saturday 24th October

Scottish PEN is pleased to welcome members to attend our online Annual General Meeting at 12.00pm on Saturday 24th October 2020. This is an opportunity for members to share ideas, celebrate our work to date and contribute to our global work defending free expression.

Significant change announced to Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Scottish PEN welcomes today’s announcement by Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, that key changes will be made to the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, including a requirement that intention to stir up hatred is proven beyond a reasonable doubt before an offence can be prosecuted.

PEN International calls for action in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh

Scottish PEN joins PEN International in expressing grave concerns over the health and wellbeing of prominent Iranian writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on hunger strike in protest against the dire prison conditions that political detainees in Iran continue to face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submissions open for the JOY edition of PENning magazine

Submit your poetry, short fiction and non-fiction by 30th October 2020.

Declarations On Freedom For Writers & Readers

Declarations includes many voices, featuring some of Scotland’s leading writers such as Karen Campbell, A C Clarke, Carl MacDougall, and James Robertson, as well as writers from overseas.

Declarations is available to purchase from Scotland Street Press.

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From the Line: Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945?

The first half of the 20th century witnessed two catastrophic global conflicts, with suffering on a scale that – thankfully – later generations find hard to comprehend. The full story of what it was like to endure these wars might never be told, because many who survived chose not to speak – or could not speak – of what they saw and suffered. But some could turn to poetry, to try and make sense of what was happening.

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