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Meet the Judges for the 2015 New Voices Award

PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award. The overall winner, who will be selected from winning submissions to national contests held by PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1,000 prize.

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literary events

What are the New Threats to Free Speech?

What are the subtle and not so subtle ways free expression is hampered in Canada? Patrick Finn and Chris Turner discussed shifting terminology and simplistic soundbites in our first ever event in Calgary.

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Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

PEN calls on Bahrain to drop all charges against prominent activist and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. His arrest, in response to his speaking out about an outbreak of violence at Central Prison in Bahrain, is another attempt to suppress his right to freedom of expression.

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from the archives

From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

Martha Kumsa came to Canada in 1991. As a journalist from Ethiopia, she had been held in prison under atrocius conditions for nine years and eight months before being released in 1989 with the help of PEN Canada. The following is a reflection on fractured identity, from being Oromo, to Ethiopian, to a Black writer in Canada.

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featured video

Video and Audio: Still Points in a Turning World

We are pleased to present the video highlights and full audio from Wade Davis and John Vaillant’s conversation on a writer’s role in a fast-changing world from our Spring Ideas in Dialogue event.

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