News from the PEN Balkan Network


News from the PEN Balkan Network

PEN delegates at the first PEN Balkan Network meetingImage: delegates at the PEN Balkan Network meeting, Belgrade



On May 8-11 2012 the first meeting of the PEN Balkan Network was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Formed at the 77th PEN International World Congress in 2011, the Network brings together PEN Centres in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

The Balkan Network aims to encourage and facilitate collaborative work and exchange across a region with much shared history and culture. At the meeting in Belgrade representatives from eight PEN Centres began plans for the structure and activities of the Network. Areas of particular focus in discussions were translation, smaller languages and linguistic diversity, and publishing in the region. By working as a Network PEN Centres aim to create a louder voice for Balkan literature and languages both in the region and the rest of the world. Serbian PEN will be the first seat for the Network.

The PEN Balkan Network is one of several regional PEN Networks which bring together PEN Centres working on similar issues and aim to increase the impact of PEN across a region. Read more about the Networks here. For more information about the PEN Balkan Network contact penoffice@pen-international.org.