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The Centre was established in 1994 after elections at the Prague Congress, Czech Republic. At that time, change had come to Malawi that required the politics of pluralism. Jack Mapanje, a poet, who had been in prison on no charge from 1987 had been released in 1991, and the English PEN Centre, which had campaigned for his release through the Malawi High Commission in London, contacted Edison Mpina, a renowned award-winning poet about the possibility of establishing the Centre.

Centre Malawite

Le Centre a été créé en 1994 après les élections tenues au congrès de Prague, en République tchèque. À cette époque, le Malawi avait connu des changements qui nécessitaient une politique de pluralisme. Le poète Jack Mapanje, qui avait été incarcéré en 1987 sans le moindre chef d’accusation, avait été libéré en 1991. Le Centre PEN anglais, qui avait fait campagne pour sa libération par l’intermédiaire du haut-commissariat du Malawi à Londres, a contacté Edison Mpina, un poète renommé et primé, afin d’évoquer la possibilité de créer le Centre.

Centro Malauí

El Centro se fundó en 1994 tras las elecciones celebradas en el Congreso de Praga (Chequia). En ese momento, había llegado a Malaui un cambio que requería la política del pluralismo. El poeta Jack Mapanje, que había estado en prisión sin cargos desde 1987, había sido liberado en 1991, y el Centro PEN Inglés, que había hecho campaña por su liberación a través de la Alta Comisión de Malaui en Londres, habló con el famoso y laureado poeta Edison Mpina sobre la posibilidad de crear el Centro.

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1 Women’s Poetry Festival 2018

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2 Civil Society development week in Malawi

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3 PEN members visiting Chichiri Secondary School

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4 PEN Malawi at Chichiri Secondary School

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5 Mawalian Centre honours David Rubadiri

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6 PEN African Network (PAN) meeting

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7 Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2008

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8 Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2005

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9 Emily Mkamanga at the Polytechnic University of Malawi

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10 Lyana Tambala at National Schools Competition

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11 Malawi Writing Today 1999

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