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Betre Yacob Getahun and his family

Only with ongoing donations like yours have we been able to defend freedom of expression, protect writers at risk, defend linguistic rights, and promote literature across frontiers for 100 years. Thank you.

Freedom of expression is increasingly under threat. If you would like to become a Friend of PEN by supporting our work on a regular basis, please set up a direct debit by clicking the button below and selecting to make this gift monthly. To help keep admin costs as low as possible, we'd be grateful for minimum donations of £5 per month.



Whether giving privately, through a trust, company, or by other means, your support will make a crucial difference, helping to promote cultural understanding and fight for persecuted writers. It will also safeguard civil society and education programmes worldwide.

You can also provide concrete support by becoming a Patron of PEN or supporting through one of our Circles.

Leave a Gift to PEN in your Will

For almost 100 years we have supported writers worldwide. By leaving a legacy to 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 reports and publications, and at events such as our annual congress. If you’re interested in supporting PEN International in this way, please contact


There are lots of innovative and fun ways you can raise funds on behalf of PEN International – even during a pandemic! Be it a virtual book club, a ‘blind date with a book’ event, or a sponsored yogathon, we’ll be here to help with handy tips and support. Don’t forget to tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram too so that we can share the great things you’re doing! To arrange a chat, email:

PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO. You are part of a global movement fighting for freedom of expression in frightening times, and helping to protect writers in prison, in exile, or otherwise at risk of persecution.

“During desperate times, the words that PEN International shared with me were a source of strength and hope. It is something I will never forget in my life. I felt that I wasn’t alone when I read their words.”

Betre Yacob Getahun Ethiopian journalist in exile