Writers in Prison Committee Co-ordinator

Lesley MarshallLesley Marshall


Lesley Marshall is a freelance editor, who also teaches three polytechnic papers, teaches part-time at a couple of primary schools, works as a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors, is occasionally hired by publishers as an editor, helps judge writing competitions, teaches specialist writing classes for children, and periodically works as an assessor for Whitireia Polytechnic. While she doesn’t spend a lot of time writing, she used to compile crossword puzzles for magazines, and has had a couple of stories on the radio.


PEN INTERNATIONAL has curated a collection of Empty Chairs Posters, available for download HERE.

These posters (sample above) symbolize the absence of persecuted writers and the importance of protecting their voices. We invite all members and NZSA branches to print and utilize these posters to use at your events or online campaigns. These serve as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by writers around the world, who are killed, silenced, or forced into exile due to their work. By displaying the Empty Chairs posters, you can contribute to raising awareness about the vital role of free expression and the need to defend the rights of writers everywhere.

These will spark conversations and amplify the voices of those who have been silenced. By incorporating the Empty Chairs posters into your activities, you are joining a global movement that stands firmly in support of writers’ rights. Please acknowledge the creator Pavlo Bilyk and PEN International when utilizing these posters.

Find out more about PEN NZ activities and our Writers In Prison Committee here.



Click on the image to view this e-journal, that summarises PEN 2023 campaigns