#100PENMembers No. 3: H.G. Wells

A personal friend of Dawson Scott, H.G. Wells attended the first meeting of PEN. His main contribution to the organisation, however, was in shaping its commitment to free speech activism after he became International PEN President on John Galsworthy’s death in 1933.  In Spring 1933, the Nazis took control of Berlin PEN and resolutely refused … Continue reading #100PENMembers No. 3: H.G. Wells

#100PENMembers No. 48: Paul Tabori

Hungarian-Jewish author, novelist, journalist and psychological researcher was a long-serving member of PEN, a founding member of the Writers in Exile Centre and a pivotal figure during the early years of the Cold War. Born in Budapest in 1908, Tabori received his Ph.D. in Economic and Political Science from Kaiser Wilhelm university in Berlin and … Continue reading #100PENMembers No. 48: Paul Tabori

#100PENMembers No.14: Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is not only a prominent PEN Member of several decade’s standing, and a fierce free speech advocate, his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses was also the subject of one of the organisation’s most high profile and most divisive free expression battles. Rushdie took on the Presidency of PEN America from 2004-2006, and created the PEN … Continue reading #100PENMembers No.14: Salman Rushdie

#100PENMembers No.10: Storm Jameson

Margaret Storm Jameson was President of the English PEN Centre during the war years 1938-1944. A prolific novelist and essayist, she made a significant mark on PEN. During her relatively short stint as President she became a hugely influential figure within both English and International PEN, going on to serve on committees such as the … Continue reading #100PENMembers No.10: Storm Jameson

#100PENMembers No.1: Catharine Amy Dawson Scott, Founder of PEN

Poet Catharine Amy Dawson Scott set up the PEN Club in London 5thOctober, 1921. She recruited a number of feminist and women founding members, including Rebecca West, May Sinclair, Radclyffe Hall, Vera Brittain, and Violet Hunt, but also John Galsworthy, who agreed to become President, and Bertrand Russell, W. B. Yeats, Joseph Conrad and H. … Continue reading #100PENMembers No.1: Catharine Amy Dawson Scott, Founder of PEN

PEN International Congress – Pune

This week more than 400 PEN members from across the world are gathering in Pune, India for the PEN International Congress. Writers from all over the world – including Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Ashok Vajpeyi, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Ashis Nandy and PEN International President Jennifer Clement – will gather to discuss linguistic rights, the freedoms of writers … Continue reading PEN International Congress – Pune