Scottish Government Defamation Consultation Opens

On Monday 14th January, the Scottish Government announced its public consultation on reforming defamation law. This is a vital step to ensuring our laws are fit for the modern age.

January 16, 2019

Scottish PEN in 2018: A Year In Review

Here is a snapshot of Scottish PEN’s 2018, outlining our work protecting free expression in Scotland and across the globe.

December 19, 2018

From Perth to Pune

Scottish PEN travelled to Pune in September for the 84th PEN International Congress. This is a report of the event written by Scottish PEN trustee, Jane Archer.

November 30, 2018

Obituary: Janet Paisley

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Janet Paisley. Here is an obituary authored by Liz Niven, the chair of the Writers In Exile Committee

November 15, 2018

Marking a day that shouldn’t need to exist

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer shouldn’t need to exist because writers should be free to express themselves free from the threats of censorship, imprisonment or violence. Nik Williams marks the day with a call to action to protect writers across the globe.

November 15, 2018

Interview: Behrouz Boochani

In honour of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, here is an interview by Arnold Zable with Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer, Behrouz Boochani who has been detained on Manus Island.

November 15, 2018

Free Expression in Malta: 2018 PEN Congress Resolution

Here is the resolution put forward by PEN Netherlands and Scottish PEN about the state of free expression in Malta at the 84th PEN International Congress in Pune, India, September 2018

October 16, 2018

Daphne’s Legacy

On the one year anniversary of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia we remember her bravery and legacy and look to the future to what we can do to protect journalists in Scotland, Europe and across the globe.

October 16, 2018
Playwright Jo Clifford

Jo Clifford: Censorship & Violent Threats in Brazil

PEN centres based in the UK have urged the Foreign Secretary to call on the Brazilian government to ensure The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven by Jo Clifford can be performed in Brazil free from threats of violence and censorship.

September 12, 2018

Scottish PEN statement on visa refusals for writers at EIBF

Here is the Scottish PEN statement on the refusal of over a dozen visa applications for writers scheduled to speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

August 9, 2018