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PEN International, in collaboration with PEN Colombia, will be holding a series of exciting events at Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias January 24-27. Please keep an eye on our website and subscribe to the Newsletter for updates.

Writers and journalists find themselves increasingly at risk from threats and violence in Latin America; those who seek to silence their voices benefit from the disgraceful culture of impunity that persists in the region. Few have been held accountable for the attacks and murders that make Latin America one of the most dangerous places in the world in which to be a writer.

Over the course of 2012-13 PEN International is running a number of campaigns highlighting impunity in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in November 2012 we launched our Write Against Impunity anthology with original texts from writers from across the region. The anthology is the second title in the ongoing PEN International Publishers Circle Series.

We have invited a number of leading writers who contributed to the anthology to appear at Hay Festival Cartagena: Luisa Valenzuela, Gioconda Belli, Carlos Vásquez-Zawadzki and Sergio Ramirez will talk about their work with PEN, literature and the ethical responsibilities of being a writer.

PEN International president John Ralston Saul and Francine Prose, a former president of the PEN American Center, will also be attending the festival to talk about the ways in which writing and literature can address issues like impunity around the world.

To view a full programme click here.

On January 31 John Ralston Saul, and the president of PEN Colombia Carlos Vásquez-Zawadzki, will lead a meeting with members of the Colombian Centre in the capital Bogotá.

For press enquiries please contact Communications Manager Sahar Halaimzai – sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org

For any programme enquiries please contact Literary Manager James Tennant – james.tennant@pen-international.org