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9th PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference, Brussels 24-27 March 2011

Mar 1, 2011

The 9th PEN International Writers in Prison Conference is being held in Brussels, 24-27 March 2011, hosted by the Belgian Dutch Speaking PEN Centre, as part of a larger event, the biennial Passa Porta literary festival, and in conjunction with meetings of two other organizations, ICORN (the cities of exile network well known to us at the WiPC as longstanding partners) and HALMA, the European network of literary centres. The overall theme of the Passa Porta festival is On the Move.

Over the three days, there will be discussions and workshops on a broad range of freedom of expression issues, some of them jointly with ICORN and HALMA, Topics will include the dynamic change in the Middle East and North Africa region, digital media and dissidents post Wiki-leaks, working with the European Union on human rights strategies, the Belarus crisis and freedom to write in China post the Nobel Peace Prize, among others. There will also be workshops on practical campaigning issues, including fundraising, media strategies and working with the UN. A provisional agenda is attached.

The meeting is for members of PEN Centres with WiPCs, although parts of the meeting will be open to the public. Around 50 participants from 22 PEN Centres have registered. Further registrations are welcome, although we can no longer offer hotel rooms at a discounted rate. For more information contact

Sara Whyatt
Interim Executive Director
PEN International

Brownlow House
50/51 High Holborn
London WC1V 6ER

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7405 0338
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339

skype: sara.whyatt

PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries. Our campaigns, events, publications and programmes aim to connect writers and readers wherever they are in the world. For further information please contact Cathy McCann at PEN International Writers in Prison Committee, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339, email:

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