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Unlocking the History of PEN International

The Exhibition illustrates the evolution of the organisation since its foundation in 1921 through oral and written memories and archives. Explore the different collections from PEN International and the PEN Centres by navigating the sections on the right.

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L’Exposition illustre l’évolution de l’organisation, depuis sa fondation en 1921, à travers des souvenirs et archives à la fois oraux et écrits. Explorez les différentes collections de PEN International et des Centres PEN en parcourant les sections sur la droite.

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Desvelando la historia de PEN Internacional

Esta exposición ilustra la trayectoria de la organización desde su fundación en 1921, a través de memorias orales y escritas, y archivos. Descubra las diferentes colecciones de PEN Internacional y de los Centros PEN explorando las secciones de la derecha.

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Selection from PEN International's Collection

1 Şanar Yurdatapan at Istanbul University rally

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2 Portrait of Hermon Ould

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3 Ron Butlin on Day of the Imprisoned Writer

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4 PEN’s first Case List

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5 Bill and Kathy Barazetti

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6 1999 PEN Congress poster

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7 Article in Charlie Hebdo no. 1189

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8 Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2009

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1 “We insist on our idea of people’s rights to think in their own language, to express themselves, to have an identity”
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2 A memory from the WWC
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3 Marjorie-Ann Watts’ memories of PEN
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4 “Imagination has an enormous power if you have nothing else but that”
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5 Recollections from the office. A mini-essay dedicated to Jane Spender
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6 “We are moving into a more troubled world and PEN needs to be stronger”
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7 Elizabeth Paterson biographical note
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8 “Writers in prison are obviously symptoms of disease, which is the failure of democracy and tolerance”
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9 “They tried to kill a lawyer, but they couldn’t stop the birth of a novelist”
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10 Background note on International PEN
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11 “We give all we can to let the world know that fellow writers are in peril only because they are writing a story”
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12 A few Remarks on Amy Dawson-Scott, Founder of International PEN
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13 The PEN International Case List
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