The Day of the Imprisoned Writer (known locally as Courage Day) is observed on 15 November each year. It recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and those who suffer oppression and are killed and/or imprisoned for their work.
Locally, Courage Day is named after James Courage, a Kiwi novelist and poet whose book, A Way of Love, was banned for expressing ideas of homosexuality. His grandmother, Sarah Courage, had her book on early colonial life in Canterbury, Lights and Shadows of Colonial Life, burned by irate neighbours for comments she made about them.
You can read more about the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer here à https://pen-international.org/news/pen-global-day-for-imprisoned-writers
Courage Day is a key event in the NZSA calendar. This year, we will again hold an event to mark Courage Day early on Monday 11 November, 6pm @ Vic Books, Pipitea Campus.
We invite you to bring, if you wish, a short poem or reading (by yourself or another writer), or a recent news article, that encapsulates courage and acknowledges the kaupapa of Courage Day. We will then invite you to share your reading at the mic, or by adding it to the display table, which we hope will prompt discussion and reflection.
When: 6pm, Monday 11 November 2019
Where: Vic Books, Pipitea campus, 27 Lambton Quay
Koha entry: $3 for NZSA members, $5 for non-members
All welcome. Look forward to seeing you there.