The English PEN Modern Literature Festival

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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.

The first ever English PEN Modern Literature Festival, held in Venue One Rich Mix Arts Centre, will see each of the writers present a brand new piece – poetry, text, reportage, performance – in response to the writer at risk with whom they have been paired.

All are welcome but attendees are encouraged to join English PEN or donate to the charity if they are already members.

Follow the progress of the project on #penfestuk

2pm to 3.30pm

Harry Man on Maung Saung Kha
David Berridge on Dawit Isaak
Kirsten Irving on Nurmuhemmet Yasin
Jen Calleja on Gao Yu
SJ Fowler on Khadija Ismayilova
Dave Spittle on Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury
Prudence Chamberlain on Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkhong
Robert Hampson on Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace
Adam Baron on Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

4pm to 5.30pm

Eley Williams on Tsering Woeser
Sam Winston on Zunar
Lucy Harvest Clarke on Liu Xia
Stephen Emmerson on Dina Meza
Alex MacDonald on Alaa Abd El Fattah
Drew Milne on Omar Hazek
Oli Hazzard on Enoh Meyomesse
Sarah Kelly on Nelson Aguilera
Caleb Klaces on Jorge Olivera Castillo

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Caroline Bergvall on Sanjuana Martínez Montemayor
Emily Critchley on Mahvash Sabet
Andrew McMillan on Ashraf Fayadh
Andra Simons on Amanuel Asrat
Allen Fisher on Mamadali Makhmudov
Nathan Walker on Mohammed al-‘Ajami
Michael Zand on U Zeya
Mark Waldron on Zhu Yufu
Mark Ravenhill on Mazen Darwish and Yara Bader
Emily Berry on Raif Badawi
Tom McCarthy on Liu Xiaobo

We are hugely grateful to all the writers taking part and particularly to Steven J. Fowler for helping to curate this event. Read his blogpost about the festival here

Photograph: © Chris Scott