PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. Founded in 1921, PEN International connects an international community of writers from its Secretariat in London. We aim to connect writers and readers wherever they are in the world through campaigns, events, publications and programmes. It is a forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work; it is also a voice speaking out for writers silenced in their own countries. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five continents. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.
PEN is founded by the British poet, playwright and peace activist C. A. Dawson-Scott, as an international club providing a creative space for writers to share ideas and a forum uniting writers irrespective of their culture, language or political opinion.
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Legacy or Living Will
For the past 90 years we have supported writers worldwide. By leaving a legacy or by creating a living will supporting PEN International you will be benefiting writers in need, safeguarding freedom of expression and helping to promote literature. We will honour and recognise your gift in our special 90th Anniversary Review, online and at our Annual Congress. For details of how to support PEN in this way please contact our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org or on +44 (0) 20 7405 0338.
PEN International is grateful for the kind support and involvement of corporate partners. PEN has 144 centres worldwide in 102 countries. If you are interested in having a discussion about how we could work together please contact our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org or on +44 (0) 20 7405 0338.
There are sponsorship and programme development opportunities available. Examples of partnerships include Bloomberg‘s sponsorship of Free the Word! – our international event series – and global law firm Clifford Chance who work with PEN International providing engagement on a range of projects with our Centres.
Trusts and Foundations
PEN International is most grateful for the support given by trusts and foundations such as The Commonwealth Foundation, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, and the Prince Claus Fund, to help us deliver our international programmes and to support our work with Centres and with writers worldwide, helping to safeguard and strengthen freedom of expression. If you are interested in supporting PEN International and believe we may be a good fit for your trust or foundation please contact our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org for an initial discussion.
In 2011 we established our Publishers Circle with founding members Penguin, Hachette and Random House. To find out more or for an informal discussion, interested publishers should contact James Tennant, Literary Manager at james.tennant[@]pen-international.org or on +44 (0)20 7405 0338.
We are also launching a Writers Circle for authors who wish to make a significant contribution to support the work of PEN International. Further details are available from James Tennant, Literary Manager at james.tennant[@]pen-international.org.
PEN International is a registered UK charity under the name International P. E. N. Our charity number is 1117088.