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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Scottish Black Writers Group with Nick Makoha

The next meeting of the Scottish Black Writers Group is set for Thursday 15th April and features guest writer Nick Makoha.

New Declarations writing project

Scottish PEN Trustee Rebecca Sharp launches an artist-led online collective writing project, entitled 'What does freedom mean, now?' as part of the Arbroath 2020+1 festival.

Radio Silence: Documentary and Q&A

To mark World Press Freedom Day, we are excited to be teaming up with Take One Action! to host a screening and discussion of RADIO SILENCE - a powerful portrait of unstoppable Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui as she fights misinformation, corruption and violent threats to press freedom.

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.

Anthology launch event: Watch online

On Monday 6th April, Scottish PEN hosted the launch of the Declarations on Freedom for Writers and Readers anthology. Featuring guest speaker Sir Tom Devine and readings from writers published in the anthology.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose!

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