• Witi Ihimaera on National Radio

    Witi Ihimaera on National Radio   This weekend the New Zealand Society of Authors will mark the 50th birthday of Witi Ihimaera’s groundbreaking collections of short stories, first published in 1972. Bryan Crump spoke to Witi July 26 ahead of the celebration. LISTEN HERE    Link to Auckland roadshow information  HERE    

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  • Pen America at 100: A Reading List

    This year is PEN America’s 100th anniversary, and to celebrate, we have a new reading list highlighting members of the organization who have produced some of the most influential works of the past century.   What began in the aftermath of World War I as an American literary club with the intent of providing intellectual […]

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  • Pen International – Gender, Diversity and Literature: recording and handbook

    PEN International held a Civil Society Programme training webinar on Gender, Diversity, and Literature in English.   This webinar unpacks the concepts of gender, intersectionality, and diversity and presents the nature and impact of discrimination on girls and women writers through case studies. You can find the recording of the webinar in English HERE They […]

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  • The 2022 Emerging Voices Fellows – PEN America

    Join us in welcoming the 2022 Emerging Voices Fellows—Natáhne Arrowsmith, S. Erin Batiste, Sarah Chaves, Julian Iralu, Iris Kim, Jane S. Kim, Monica Mills, Doreen Oliver, Connie Pertuz-Meza, Edythe Rodriguez, Shakeema Smalls, and Christina Tudor!  These 12 writers were selected from the largest applicant pool in the 26-year history of the program, which is designed to […]

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  • NZ Author Magazine – Winter 2022

    NZ Author – Winter 2022 – Issue 329 is out! This edition has everything. We say goodbye to our three-year strong President Mandy Hager; we welcome Helena Andrews to the role of Youth Representative on the NZSA National Board; we celebrate NZSA Writer Toolkit, our live and interactive Webworkshops, Māori writers at Kupu 22 Māori […]

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  • Reporters without Borders release 2022 World Press Freedom Index

    The 2022 World Press Freedom Index, which measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries and territories has just been released.   This year’s Index reflects the disastrous effects of information chaos and polarisation at two levels, both in the media within countries and between countries at the international level. As a result of […]

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  • World Press Freedom Day 2022: May 3

    For World Press Freedom Day 2022, PEN International features the case of investigative journalist Ismail al-Iskandrani, detained by the Egyptian authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression through his work. “No crisis, be it political, cultural, social or economic, can truly be addressed without an independent and free press. Freedom to criticise governments, […]

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  • #FreeAssange: SIGN THE PETITION

    #FreeAssange: Sign to urge UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to reject Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States! This is an extremely worrying moment for Julian Assange and your support is essential! At a hearing yesterday, a British court ruled that he can be extradited to the United States. As a result of this decision, […]

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  • World Poetry Day: Take action for Maung Yu Py (Myanmar)

    “The story of Maung Yu Py, is the story of all those who are detained, harassed and persecuted for exposing injustices and defending freedom of expression through poetry. The PEN community stands in solidarity with Maung Yu Py and all poets who are silenced in Myanmar and across the world. Their voice must be heard.” […]

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  • Zadie Smith will receive the PEN/Audible Literary Service Award May 23

    Zadie Smith Will Be Honored For Her Remarkable Novels and Essays and Unparalleled Attention to Craft and Humane Ideals. PEN America announced that writer Smith as recipient of the PEN/Audible Literary Service Award, to be conferred to her at the 2022 PEN America Literary Gala. The award recognises Smith’s remarkable achievements as a novelist, short story writer, and […]

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  • Joint Statement from Pen International members (incl NZ) Situation of Artists in Time of War and Crisis

    Situation of Artists in Time of War and Crisis Wednesday 9 March 2022 – 2:08pm Read the briefing in full The Human Rights Council in Session   Joint Oral Statement  49th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Mr. Vice President, On behalf of PEN International, Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a project […]

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  • International Women’s Day 2022: Take Action for Gulgeş Deryaspî and Meral Şimşek

    NZSA joins PEN International, and the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8)  a global day marking the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and calling to action for accelerating women’s equality. In 2018 PEN International launched its Women’s Manifesto, a set of principles which aim to protect free expression by […]

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