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Event: Freedom for Varavara Rao

Join Scottish PEN, Irish PEN//PEN na hÉireann and guests as we share poetry readings and updates on the case of renowned Indian poet, Varavara Rao.

September 7, 2021

Join Scottish PEN, Irish PEN//PEN na hÉireann and guests as we share poetry readings and updates on the case of renowned Indian poet, Varavara Rao.

About this event

This free event will provide an overview of Rao’s remarkable life and include readings of poetry he has produced over his decades-long career. We will also provide an update on Rao’s case, and share information about the ways that attendees can demonstrate their support.

The event will be chaired by Professor Ignatius McGovern and will feature a rare opportunity to hear from Rao’s nephew, Venugopal Nellutla, who published ‘The Making of Varavara Rao: An Intimate Portrait by a Nephew‘ in 2020. The event will also include poetry and prose readings from Professor Bashabi Fraser, Leela Soma, June Considine and Kate Ennals.

The event will take place between 7.00pm-8.00pm via Zoom, and joining details will be shared with attendees in advance.

Read a recent statement published by PEN centres in support of Rao here.

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