‘I can still remember the wonder of learning to read without mouthing the words aloud and hearing the silent words -the silent books – inside my mind’
– Jennifer Clement, President PEN International, member of the PEN International Readers Circle
‘You never do any good until you get into some trouble’
– Arthur Miller, PEN International President 1966 – 1969
‘The writer and the reader are locked in an intimate relationship. Literature is about writing, but equally about reading. Free expression means being able to speak out. But it equally means being allowed to listen.‘
– John Ralston Saul, PEN International President Emiretus and member of the Writers Circle
‘Many thanks to PEN and for your solidarity. We know that the visibility that you provide can save lives.’
– Sanjuana Martínez Montemayor, Mexican writer and journalist
The Readers Circle brings together those passionate about the power of the written word to support the essential work of PEN International in protecting freedom of expression and celebrating literature.
Literature and freedom of expression only exist because they are shared between the writers and the readers of the world. Together we are as mighty as the pen, we are stronger than the sword.
If you have any questions about joining, please contact Holly Strauss: firstname.lastname@example.org
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