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.

Amplify Black Voices: Ralph Ellison’s Shadow and Act

Continuing our Amplify Black Voices series, Mario Relich, Trustee of Scottish PEN and member of the Writers for Peace Committee, shares a profile of Amercian writer Ralph Ellison and his famous essay collection, Shadow and Act.

Poetry as solidarity of the soul: Notes on the campaign of PEN Norway to free Ilhan Çomak

Caroline Stockford shares an essay and poetry outlining her work to support poet Ilhan Sami Çomak, who has been imprisoned in Turkey for 26 years.

Amplify Black Voices: Book recommendations, by Caroline Whitham

As part of our Amplify Black Voices series, Caroline Whitham, Finance & Administration Worker at
Scottish PEN, shares her reading recommendations.

Event: The History of Scottish PEN

A discussion on the upcoming centenary of PEN International and Scotland's history of promoting literature and defending free expression.

Letter in support of Varavara Rao

On Thursday 23rd July 2020, Scottish PEN sent the following letter to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and the High Commission of India, in support of imprisoned writer, Varavara Rao.

Scottish PEN response: The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Scottish PEN has submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee’s call for views on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. While the implications of the Bill are varied, our response focuses on the rights of writers to express themselves freely and without fear.

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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Where the Dead Men Go

After three years in the wilderness, hardboiled reporter Gerry Conway is back at his desk at the Glasgow Tribune. But three years is a long time on newspapers and things have changed – readers are dwindling, budgets are tightening, and the Trib’s once rigorous standards are slipping.

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