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87th PEN International Congress: 100 YEARS OF CELEBRATING LITERATURE AND PROTECTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

87th PEN International Congress (Centenary)

PEN International is proud to open registrations to its 87th PEN International Congress 20th‒24th September 2021.

The theme of this year’s Congress will be Pen’s Centenary: One Hundred Years of Intellectual Debate and Activism on Freedom of Expression and Literature.

Central to the five days long programme will be the election of a new PEN International President by the PEN Assembly, with three illustrious writers - Gioconda Belli, Burhan Sönmez and Ben Okri standing as candidates. Three former PEN Presidents will join current President Jennifer Clement in addressing the Assembly: John Ralston Saul, Homero Aridjis and Per Wästberg.

Highlights also include discussions and testimonies from writers such as Margaret Atwood, J.M. Coetzee, Carolin Emcke, Boris Novak, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Ma Thida and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

Congress will also see the launch of PEN Centenary Book, An Illustrated History, published in nine languages to date, with more than 500 photographs, letters, documents, posters, and maps. PEN Centenary Book will be available for purchase from the PEN International’s website on September 20th.

PROGRAMME

  • Committee meetings
  • Main Assembly
  • Centenary Celebration Week online events:

Committee meetings will take place one week before the Congress. Participants can register their attendance using the following links:

13th of September 2021 (2:00 pm – 5:00 BST/GMT+1 / London time)

REGIS1TER FOR WWC PRE-CONGRESS MEETING

14th of September 2021 (2:00 pm – 5:00 BST/GMT+1 / London time)

REGISTER FOR WIPC PRE-CONGRESS MEETING

15th of September 2021 (2:00 pm – 5:00 BST/GMT+1 / London time)

REGISTER FOR WfPC PRE-CONGRESS MEETING

16th of September 2021 (2:00 pm – 5:00 BST/GMT+1 / London time)

REGISTER FOR TLRC PRE-CONGRESS MEETING

Please register before the 10th of September 2021. Late registrations will not guarantee a slot.

Participants can register their attendance using the link: REGISTER FOR CENTENARY CONGRESS 2021.

The link will take to the PEN Centenary Congress website, which hosts all the relevant information regarding the 87th Congress, including reports, election materials and presentations, and provides participants with a platform to ask questions, discuss issues, and cast their vote.

The PEN Centenary Congress website will be available from the 20th of September, 9:00 am BST/GMT+1 (London time) until the 24th of September, 6:00 pm BST/GMT+1 (London time). Materials will be available in English, French, and Spanish.

Please register before the 10th of September 2021. Late registrations will not guarantee a slot.

Participants wishing to take part to the Centenary Celebration Week online events (live) can register their attendance between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm BST/GMT+1 (London time) on the 20th-24th of September 2021.

ELECTIONS

This year, the election of a new PEN International President will be held online only (proxy or postal votes will not be accepted).

Voting will close at 6:00 pm BST/GMT+1 (London time) on the 22nd of September, with results to be announced on the last day of Congress, 24th of September, during the live stream session.

SUPPORT

In case of technical or logistical problems, participants can contact the Congresses, Committees and New Centres Manager Olha Mukha (Olha.Mukha@pen-international.org), the Congresses Digital Coordinator Natalia Melnychuk via pen.contact.us@gmail.com or the Search Committee Chair Rose Mary Espinosa (searchcommittee@pen-international.org).