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Liu Xia: Two Poems under House Arrest


Before going to drink with my old brother
I will unplug my telephone Continue reading

World Poetry Day 2017

21 March 2017

‘Poetry – with its ancient history, its musicality, and its attention to symbol and metaphor – runs through all of us. Rooted in oral tradition, poetry is deeply connected to our collective humanity. And poetry is also a resilient and long-lasting political tool that has been used worldwide by dissident voices calling out for change. At PEN it’s impossible for us to celebrate World Poetry Day without also recognising that there are those for whom speaking out in verse has resulted in imprisonment. This year we are highlighting the cases of three such poets: Amanuel Asrat, Dareen Tatour, and Liu Xia. We urge you to take action today and to join us in appealing for justice for each of them. Details of how to speak out can be found below. Continue reading

World Poetry Day 2017 – Take Action for Liu Xia

Liu Xia, China, is a poet, artist, and founding member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre. She has been held in her Beijing apartment without access to phones, Internet, doctors of her choice, or visitors since her husband, imprisoned poet Liu Xiaobo, was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010. Continue reading

Fears for Chinese Poet Liu Xia’s Life After Troubling Phone Call to Friend

NEW YORK—Reports that Chinese poet Liu Xia, who is spending her seventh year under house without charge, has made rare and risky contact with a fellow writer to lament her failing her health raise fears for her life under conditions of stringent confinement and isolation, PEN America said in statement today. Continue reading

Liu Xia: I Am Tired

Liu XiaI am tired
I am tired of my white pills
I am tired of my smiles at you
I am tired of toilets on trains
I am tired of your reputation
I am tired of my heart tiring Continue reading

Six Years On, China’s Jailed Nobel Laureate, Family Face a Bleak Future


(FILES) This file photo taken on October 22, 2002 shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (L) and his wife Liu Xia posing for a photograph in Beijing. Jailed Chinese pro-democracry activist Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committe said.      CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO

Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia in Beijing, Oct. 22, 2002. AFP

Six years after winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo looks unlikely to be given the chance to ‘seek medical parole’ overseas like high-profile dissidents have done before him, a close associate told RFA. Continue reading

On World Poetry Day Take Action for Dissident Poets

World Poetry Day, marked each year on 21 March, is an opportunity to celebrate poetry, the power and creativity of language and to promote reading, writing, publishing, and teaching poetry throughout the world. PEN International uses this day to highlight the great challenges poets face across the globe simply for their work. Each year PEN focuses its campaigning on behalf of poets who have paid a high price for their poetry and ask Centres, PEN members and supporters to take action on their behalf. Continue reading

The English PEN Modern Literature Festival

Saturday 2 April, 2:00 pm9:30 pm |Free

As part of the Enemies Project, over 30 contemporary English writers will present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world. 

On 2 April 2016, over 30 writers, poets, novelists, playwrights and artists will come together to celebrate English PEN’s Writers at Risk programme and the incredible individuals we support. Continue reading