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.

Three years after her assassination, still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

Scottish PEN joins 18 organisations in a call for justice, three years on from the assassination of investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Defamation Reform: Update

The Justice Committee has today published the Stage 1 report on the Defamation and Malicious Publications (Scotland) Bill. Scottish PEN welcomes the report but highlights the need to progress a one-year limit on bringing defamation action.

Scottish Black Writers Group launches

The Scottish Black Writers Group is a new writers group facilitated by Scottish BAME Writers Network Co-Director Dean Atta, and in association with Scottish PEN. It is a monthly event open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.

'Any discussion of freedom of expression must also be a discussion of power'

Scottish PEN has joined with English PEN, PEN International and several other centres to support a statement on the issue of online harassment.

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.

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.

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.

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The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out.

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