13 May

Scottish PEN Exhibition @ Glasgow City Chambers

09:00 — 17:00
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 1DU

The story of Scottish PEN is coming to the grand surroundings of the Glasgow City Chambers from 13th until 27th May.

In 2017, to mark Scottish PEN’s 90th anniversary, we produced an exhibition made up of 11 pop-up banners to chart the history of the organisation from its inception in 1927, with leading Scottish writers declaring Scotland to have its own unique and vibrant literary heritage, voice and potential. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this exhibition reveals our work championing Scots, Gaelic and other minority languages, protecting rights in times of conflict, standing up for at-risk writers around the world and hosting the global PEN community in different cities across Scotland.

If you are in Glasgow please drop in to view the exhibition at the Glasgow City Chambers. It is free of charge and includes archival documents including a letter sent to Neil Gunn by Hugh MacDiarmid first proposing a Scottish PEN centre in 1927, a photo of Naomi Mitchison at the 1948 PEN International Congress in Copenhagen and a manuscript of Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about Scottish PEN, explore our history standing up for Scottish writers and literary heritage and explore ways we can take action to protect writers and free expression across the globe.

For more information about the City Chambers: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/glasgow-city-chambers-p246401

There are regular public tours of the build as well. For more information: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19136