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Guinea PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer: reading a poem in homage of Gomez

Guinea PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Nicaraguan PEN participating school group

Nicaraguan PEN participating school group

Zambian PEN Schools project participants

Zambian PEN Schools project participants


Through campaigns, projects and events, PEN International works with Centres around the world to highlight the importance of reading and writing as tools for the protection and promotion of freedom of expression, as well as for global peace-building, cultural dialogue and development.

In collaboration with PEN Centres and, increasingly, through the Regional Networks, PEN International has successfully run International Programmes in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Central Asia since 2006. Key areas of activity include:


– Promotion of the role of the writer through literary events, networking and training

– Education projects for young people

– Access to literature through translation work and library programmes

– Capacity-building for PEN Centres, through training, exchanges, and networking


In 5 years, PEN International has worked with over 70 Centres through International Programmes. Whilst global in scope, the Programmes respond to and address local issues and the needs of specific PEN Centres and their communities. Regional Networks have evolved to strengthen collaboration between Centres and help deliver programmes where they are needed.

PEN International and the Swedish International Development Agency have recently started a new, joint initiative. The aim of the new initiative is to support civil society and capacity building activities in several countries including, among others, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Central Asia, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Guinea, Malawi and Ghana. You may find further information on the supported programmes below.

Zambia: Creating a Nation of Readers and Writers
Creative writing workshops in Puerto Rico
PEN Youth Clubs in Ghana
Philippine PEN’s anthology and teacher training workshops in Mindanao
Sierra Leone school clubs to expand across the country’s four regions
Human Rights Summer School in Central Asia
South African PEN early childhood translation project
Promotion of Reading and Writing Culture in Malawi
Education through Literature programme in Nepal

For more information please contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács: emese.kovacs@pen-international.org