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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 London in 1921, PEN International – PEN’s Secretariat – connects an international community of writers. 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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Regular Giving

If you would like to support our work on an ongoing basis you can set up a direct debit or standing order. Please contact support@pen-international.org for more information.
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You can raise funds on behalf of PEN International through sponsored events, hosting a fundraising dinner or reading, or coming up with a fundraising idea of your own. To join our PEN Champions programme please contact support@pen-international.org

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.

Corporate Partnerships

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 literary festival – 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.

Publishers’ Circle

In 2011 we have established our Publishers’ Circle with founding members Penguin, Hachette and Random House. The programme offers. To find out more and for an informal discussion, interested publishers should contact Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org or on +44 (0) 7824640527.

Writers’ Circle

In 2011 we have also launched our Writers’ Circle for PEN members who wish to make a significant contribution to support the work of PEN International. Further details are available from our Executive Director, Carles Torner at Carles.Torner@pen-international.org.

In 2012 we will launch our Readers’ Circle. This Circle will bring together individuals wishing to make a significant donation in support of PEN International’s work. For further information contact Carles.Torner@pen-international.org.


PEN International is a registered UK charity under the name P. E. N. International. Our charity number is 1117088.