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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2018

Join us as we stand in solidarity with at-risk writers from across the globe with leading Scotland-based writers reading the work of writers who have been threatened, imprisoned or censored at Scottish Parliament on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer – 15th November

15 Nov

17:30 — 19:30

Burns Room, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Writers for Peace Committee Event

Join the Writers for Peace Committee for an evening of readings exploring the importance of peace and the battles worth fighting to protect it

23 Oct

19:00 — 22:00

Project Cafe, 2-1a Fleming House, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST

Peace in our Divided Times

What is peace in our divided time? How can we gain it? And what part can our writers play in offering us hope for the future? To answer these questions and to share readings about peace in our time we are bringing together four writers at Project Cafe in Glasgow on 11th September 2018 

11 Sep

19:00 — 22:00

Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST

Hate Speech

Where to draw the line: Hate Speech, Free Expression and Censorship

Where do we draw the line between free expression and hate speech? Join us and leading experts to explore this question at the Scottish Parliament on 11th September in an event sponsored by Ruth Maguire MSP

11 Sep

18:00 — 20:00

Committee Room 2, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

EIBF: Imprisoned Writers Series – Showing Solidarity

22 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens

The Battle for Peace

The Battle for Peace moves from the Western Front to the present day, from the battlefield to civil conflicts, the refugee crisis, everyday hatreds and the movements against them. Featuring writers, poets and musicians sharing how the written word can build peace in the modern world.

21 Aug

20:00 — 22:00

Lighthouse: Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB.

EIBF: Meet Scottish PEN

A drop in session to learn more about Scottish PEN’s 90-year history and our campaigning on behalf of writers and readers across the globe.

17 Aug

10:00 — 12:00

The Bookshop on George Street,

EIBF: Imprisoned Writers Series – Writers at Risk

Join us as part of the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series featuring EIBF festival writers reading work of imprisoned and at-risk writers from around the world.

15 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens

EIBF: Freedom Debate: Commonwealth (The Legacy of Empire)

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee Chair, Salil Tripathi, will participate alongside other international writers in a discussion on the commonwealth and empire from a non-western centric perspective.

13 Aug

19:30 — 21:00

Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens

Shilpa Gupta and Salil Tripathi in conversation

Join Salil Tripathi, the chair of the PEN International, Writers in Prison Committee and Shilpa Gupta discuss her work showcasing poets who have been imprisoned or executed for their work.

27 Jul

10:00 — 11:00

Institut Français d’Écosse , West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

Exhibition: Scottish PEN at 90 – Liberty, Language, and Literature

14 Jul

10:00 — 17:00

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS

Libraries for Privacy Workshop: Aberdeen

Our latest workshop for library staff and volunteers to learn more about digital security and privacy. This hands-on session will offer practical steps that staff, volunteers and library users can take to protect themselves online.

28 May

13:00 — 17:00

Committee Room, Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GW

Scottish PEN Exhibition @ ReimagiNation: Glenrothes

The Scottish PEN 90th Anniversary Exhibition will be hosted at ReimagiNation: Glenrothes, a festival hosted by the Edinburgh International Book Festival to celebrate Scotland’s New Towns and 70 years of Glenrothes.

17 May

07:00 — 19:00

Rothes Halls, Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes , KY7 5NX

A Precarious Balance: Hate Speech and Free Expression

In partnership with the University of Glasgow, we are hosting a symposium on Hate Speech, trying to answer the question: How can we protect free expression while at the same time tackling hate speech?

20 Apr

13:00 — 16:30

University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 Apr

14:00 — 15:00

Outside Scottish Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Scottish PEN @ StAnza

Scottish PEN and the Writers At Risk Committee join Brian Johnstone and leading Scottish writers to stand in solidarity with imprisoned writers across the globe.

11 Mar

18:30 — 19:00

Byre Theatre – Studio Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA

RESISTANCE

RESISTANCE: an all day symposium hosted by Scottish PEN Women Writer’s Committee and Institute for the Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) exploring Resistance as a way of exploring and fighting for change around the boundaries of gender, womenhood, the limits of language and experiences of misogyny, violence and power.

09 Mar

09:45 — 17:00

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Scottish PEN and Flint & Pitch present: Many Voices

Join us to celebrate our Many Voices project on 2nd February with leading writers working with marginalised and silenced groups across Scotland

02 Feb

19:00 — 22:00

Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA

The Right to Write: Scottish PEN at 90

To mark Scottish PEN’s 90th Anniversary and Human Rights Day this event will explore free expression in Scotland and around the world and what our future holds.

09 Dec

18:00 — 20:00

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT

Scottish PEN AGM 2017

Join us to help shape the future of Scottish PEN

25 Nov

16:00 — 20:00

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, 40 Albert Place, Stirling, FK8 2RQ

Naomi Mitchison Lecture – Many Voices

Join us for our annual Naomi Mitchison lecture brought to you in collaboration with our Many Voices project.

16 Nov

17:30 — 19:30

Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Level 5 (D20 on campus map) University of Glasgow 18 Lilybank Gardens Glasgow G12 8RZ

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Join us standing in solidarity with persecuted writers across the globe on The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, 15th November at Scottish Parliament

15 Nov

18:00 — 20:00

Burns Room, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

I’m Coming With You at The Stove in Dumfries

Our 90th anniversary exhibition is at The Stove and they are hosting a reading from the anthology, I’m Coming With You

13 Oct

18:00 — 20:00

The Stove, 100 High Street, DG1 2BJ

A Question of Immigration

As part of the Wigtown Book Festival, we will explore how migration has shaped modern Scotland.

23 Sep

12:00 — 13:00

County Buildings, Main Hall, Wigtown, DG8 9JH

I Write, I Rise: Trans and Non-Binary Performance and Spoken Word

LGBT Youth Scotland, Scottish PEN and Interrobang?! are pleased to present a very special night of readings and performances from trans and non-binary youth, alongside visiting writer Eli Clare, and Nat Raha.

09 Sep

18:00 — 21:00

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: I’m Coming With You

20 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Edinburgh

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: In The Minority

19 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Edinburgh

Scottish PEN at 90: Remembering Irina & Liu

Join us to commemorate and celebrate the courage of two writers we have lost this year.

20 Jul

18:00 — 19:30

Glasgow Room, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Interrobang & Scottish PEN: We Are Watching?!

30 Jun

19:00 — 23:00

Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Reform defamation, protect free speech #defamationscot

27 Jun

18:30 — 20:00

Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh

“I’m Coming With You” launch with Jackie Kay

Join us to launch the 90th anniversary anthology of PENning magazine, “I’m Coming With You”, at an event with Makar Jackie Kay!

24 May

18:30 — 20:00

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Chrys Salt and Brian Johnstone in The Fields of War

23 May

19:30 — 21:30

Fringe HQ, Art Village, Unit 12, Shawlands Shopping Centre, Glasgow

“I’m Coming With You” at Big Lit

Join Ghazi Hussein, Jean Rafferty and Liz Niven at this Scottish PEN event at Big Lit festival in Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas.

22 Apr

10:30 — 11:30

The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas

The Talking Doorsteps Young Writers Showcase

01 Apr

18:00 — 20:00

Offshore, 3 Gibson Street, Glasgow

The Body Personal/The Body Political – International Women’s Day Symposium

10 Mar

09:45 — 17:00

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Naomi Mitchison Lecture: Meaghan Delahunt

23 Nov

17:30 — 19:30

University of Glasgow, Glasgow

Day of the Imprisoned Writer with James Kelman

15 Nov

18:00 — 20:00

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Day of the Dead

01 Nov

19:00 — 22:00

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

The ‘Snooper’s Charter’: A Price Worth Paying?

24 Sep

12:00 — 14:00

Festival Marquee, Wigtown Book Festival

India: Arundhati Roy

21 Aug

05:30 — 06:15

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

Scottish PEN presents… The Haystack

20 Aug

18:10 — 20:00

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Saudi Arabia: Ashraf Fayadh and Raif Badawi

20 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

Libraries for Privacy: Digital Security Workshop

08 Jul

12:00 — 16:00

Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow

Scotland Stands With Raif Badawi

30 Jun

17:30 — 19:30

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Dangerous Women: International Women’s Day Symposium

11 Mar

10:00 — 18:00

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

StAnza 2016: Imprisoned Poets’ Reading

05 Mar

19:10 — 19:40

The Byre, St Andrews

Worldwide Reading in support of Ashraf Fayadh: Aberdeen

14 Jan

19:30 — 20:30

The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

Worldwide Reading in support of Ashraf Fayadh: Glasgow

14 Jan

19:00 — 21:00

Clutha Bar, Glasgow

Worldwide Reading in support of Ashraf Fayadh: Edinburgh

14 Jan

17:30 — 18:30

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Armenian Whispers

31 Dec

18:00 — 19:00

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Naomi Mitchison Lecture 2015

19 Nov

18:30 — 20:00

Kelvin Gallery, Glasgow

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Edinburgh

12 Nov

13:00 — 14:00

50 George Square, Edinburgh

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Glasgow

12 Nov

13:00 — 14:00

University of Glasgow, Glasgow

Day of the Dead: Courage in the Name of Freedom of Expression

02 Nov

17:30 — 20:00

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Dundee Literary Festival: Comics Vs. Freedom

24 Oct

18:30 — 20:00

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Tunisia, Enemies of the State

23 Aug

05:30 — 06:15

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

In Memory of Armenia

22 Aug

17:30 — 18:15

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

Are we still Charlie?

19 Apr

13:30 — 14:30

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Women on the Edge: International Women’s Day Symposium

06 Mar

09:45 — 17:00

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities , Edinburgh

Are we still Charlie?

21 Feb

07:30 — 08:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Banned Book Club: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

28 Nov

17:15 — 18:30

The Saltire Society, Edinburgh

Banned Book Club: Edwin Morgan’s Stobhill by Claire Askew

28 Nov

17:15 — 18:30

The Project Cafe, Glasgow

Zoë Wicomb at Scottish PEN event, 2014

Writing and the Stranger: Naomi Mitchison Lecture

20 Nov

17:30 — 20:00

University of Glasgow, Glasgow

A Bird is Not a Stone: Translating Palestinian Poetry

15 Oct

20:00 — 21:00

50 George Square, Edinburgh

Tales of the Empire Café

24 Jul

19:00 — 20:30

Empire Café, Glasgow

Celtic Commonwealth – Gaelic poetry and literature from Canada and Scotland

08 Jul

19:00 — 21:00

Woodlands Centre, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway

Words in times of conflict

05 Jul

19:00 — 20:00

Innerpeffray Library, Crieff

The Politics of Poetry – Burns, Jamaica and the Scottish Slave Trade

20 Jun

19:00 — 20:00

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

Exploration of Dangerous Ideas

14 Jun

19:00 — 20:00

Summerhall, Edinburgh