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Day of the Dead: PEN International and English PEN holds London vigil for murdered Mexican journalists

Wednesday 2 November 2011 - 1:31pm

English PEN, with PEN International, will be holding a peaceful vigil outside the Mexican Embassy (16 Saint George Street, London, W1S 1FD) in London between 5-6pm on Wednesday 2 November in honour of murdered, disappeared, and intimidated Mexican authors and journalists.

At the start of November each year, Mexicans commemorate and celebrate their dead. Families and friends of the departed visit cemeteries and leave offerings. Altars are made in homes and in public spaces, using candles, flowers, photos and food. It is on the Day of the Dead that the dead are rescued from being forgotten. As part of a month-long campaign run by PEN International, the international community of writers, PEN centres across the world have been encouraged to mark this year's Mexican Day of the Dead by holding events and public readings to commemorate the many Mexican journalists who have been murdered or disappeared in recent years.

The London vigil will include readings of Roberto Bolaño, Lydia Cacho and many more in Spanish and English from Amanda Hopkinson, professor of Literary Translation at Manchester University and UCL, translator Tom Bunstead, and freelance writer and former BBC Latin America analyst Nicholas Caistor. There will also be commemorations and a candlelit vigil for those who have been killed.

For more information about the event visit and to read more about the campaign see here