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.

New edition of PENning magazine published

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.

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Find out more about Scottish PEN member writers, support their work and access their book listings.

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi is a fierce public critic of Uganda's president and an outspoken academic and poet. Dr Nyanzi was arrested in May 2020 for her part in public protests, and recently announced her intention to run for parliament.

UK: journalist Amy Fenton forced to flee family home

PEN condemns the threats made against British journalist Amy Fenton, South Cumbria’s chief reporter for Newsquest based at The Mail in Barrow, who has been forced to flee her home and been put under police protection.

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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Tom Hubbard

The Chagall Winnocks: wi ither Scots poems and ballants o Europe

From the forests of Finland to the plain of Lombardy, from a Scottish beach to a river island in Hungary, Tom Hubbard deploys the riches of the Scots language to explore that tragicomic space we call Europe.

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