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Sierra Leone Centre

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With a membership of 20 people, the Centre was established in May 2003 as a voluntary organisation registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare. The Centre got off to a slow start as it tried to find its feet. The first two years saw efforts to recruit members and introduce the Centre to Sierra Leoneans, particularly writers. A series of literary evening programmes entailing mainly poetry and short-story readings were organised to attract members. 

Centre de Sierra Leone

Le Centre PEN de Sierra Leone, qui comptait alors vingt membres, a été créé en mai 2003 en tant qu’organisation bénévole enregistrée auprès du ministère de la Protection sociale. Il a démarré lentement, cherchant à trouver ses marques. Les deux premières années ont été marquées par des efforts pour recruter des membres et présenter le Centre aux Sierra-Léonais, en particulier aux écrivains.

Centro de Sierra Leona

El Centro, que cuenta con 20 miembros, se estableció en mayo de 2003 como una organización voluntaria registrada en el Ministerio de Bienestar Social. El Centro tuvo un comienzo lento mientras trataba de definir su identidad. En los dos primeros años se realizaron esfuerzos para reclutar miembros y presentar el Centro a los sierraleoneses, en particular a los escritores.

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Selection from the Sierra Leone Centre

1 Training workshop in Bo

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2 1st issue of Junior PEN Point

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3 Book of Voices back cover

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4 2nd issue of Junior PEN Point

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5 John Ralston Saul at the Sierra Leone Centre

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6 1st issue of PEN Point

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1 PEN Centre Exchange Programme: Freetown, Sierra Leone
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2 “We are making an impact on local communities”
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