The History of Scottish Pen – Online

scottish pen online

Online event – Free

Friday 11 September, 2020, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hosted by Scottish PEN
A discussion on the upcoming centenary of PEN International and Scotland’s history of promoting literature and defending free expression.
‘With PEN approaching its centenary in 2021 and Scottish PEN (founded 1927) an early part of this distinctive worldwide organisation, now is a good time for historical reflection. Issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and the hampering of these things by individuals, institutions and states have been the concerns of SPEN for nearly a hundred years. The precise battleground might change through time but the cause remains in essence the same: protecting the freedom of fair utterance as part of a healthy and accountable democratic culture. This symposium looks at both the historic archives and the contemporary operation of one of Scotland’s most distinctive and important international organisations’.
– Gerard Carruthers, Scottish PEN
Join Scottish PEN, the University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies and the Royal Society of Edinburgh as we mark the upcoming centenary of PEN International, the first worldwide association of writers, working to defend freedom of expression and the promotion of literature.
At this digital event, we will discuss the history of Scottish PEN, consider the many achievements of the organisation, and share perspectives on the issues facing writers and advocates of free expression in Scotland and around the world today.

Speakers include:

Helen Stoddart, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature (English Literature), University of Glasgow

Carl MacDougall, Writer and President of Scottish PEN

Gerry Carruthers, Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature), University of Glasgow and Scottish PEN Trustee.
(Podcast: Gerry Carruthers chats with Jim Byrne – Jim and Pat’s West End Chat)

Jenni Calder, Writer and Scottish PEN Trustee

Mario Relich, Writer and Scottish PEN Trustee
Contributions from speakers will be followed by a panel discussion.

This event is free to attend.
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