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PEN President Events

  • May 26, 2015 – JRS to Speak at the Opening Ceremony of the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 26-29, 2015 – JRS to attend the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 17, 2015 – JRS to take part in the PEN Podium of the 37th Literature Days literary festival to discuss freedom of expression after Charlie Hebdo and the current situation in places such as Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and Honduras. Solothurn, Switzerland.
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  • May 16, 2015 – JRS to take part in panel, “Literature in a Time of Crisis” in the 37th Literature Days literary festival.. Participants include Yari Bernasconi, Marica Bodrožić, Martin R. Dean, Pedro Lenz, Jérôme Meizoz, Ruth Schweikert. Ariane von Graffenried. Solothurn. Switzerland
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  • May 06, 2015 – JRS to attend the PEN International Writers for Peace Committee Meeting in Bled, Slovenia.
  • May 06, 2015 – JRS to meet with the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahour together with Hori Takeaki, Evald Flisar, Tone Peršak, Edvard Kovač, and Andrei Kurkov – Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Wednesday April 15th, 2015 – JRS to take part in a PEN International roundtable at the European Parliament with Josef Haslinger, Tahmima Anam, Kamila Shamsie, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, discussing “Freedom of Expression in a Time of Crisis” Chaired by Josep Maria Terricabras. Brussels, Belgium
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  • Tuesday April 14th, 2015 – JRS will lead a PEN International delegation with Jarkko Tonti, Josef Haslinger, Jo Glanville, Nina George, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, organized by Josep Maria Terricabras to present PEN’s document “Refugee and Asylum Seekers Protection in Europe” declaration to the European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The declaration is signed by more than 1000 writers. Brussels, Belgium.
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  • Thursday February 26, 2015 – John Ralston Saul, president of PEN Club International noted that if the problems of violence in Mexico are not fixed, they will affect other countries.” Newpaper El Debate. (Spanish) Mexico
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  • Tuesday February 24th, 2015 – JRS meets with Mexican justice committee with PEN International delegates to confront impunity and advocate journalist protection.
  • Monday February 23rd, 2015 – JRS to meet with Mexico City mayor to discuss PEN Americas Summit 2015. Mexico DF
  • Thursday February 19th, 2015 – JRS to speak in Managua, Nicaragua: “The Canal and Channels of Communication: Interoceanic Canal, Freedom of Expression & Transparency.”
  • Wednesday February 18th, 2015 – JRS Speech at the opening of the 11th International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua. (Spanish)
  • Discurso de John Ralston Saul Ceremonia de Apertura 11 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada Febrero 17, 2015 Granada, Nicaragua Solo bajo la mas grande trepidación es que un filosofo da un discurso a poetas. Todos sabemos – nosotros novelistas, historiadores – que, sí existe una aristocracia entre los escritores, es dominada por los príncipes […]

  • Friday Feb 13th- 24 February – JRS heads delegation of writers from around the world to address attacks on journalists in Central America & Mexico
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  • Monday Feb 2nd, 2015 – January Letter from John Ralston Saul to the PEN International membership.
  • January Letter from John Ralston Saul, International President, to the PEN Membership. January 26, 2014 Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends, Last week in Paris I went to the site of the Charlie Hebdo murders with Emmanuel Pierrat of French PEN, Jarkko Tontti, Carles Torner and Sarah Clarke from our Secretariat. We placed flowers and a […]

  • Tuesday January 20, 2015: JRS in Skopje, Macedonia to meet with the Macedonian President, Ǵorge Ivanov, the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski and the Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska,
  • Tuesday Jan 13th, 2015 – Censors March for Free Expression: PEN calls on Governments to implement their commitments to free expression and to desist from further curtailing free expression through the expansion of surveillance.
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  • Wednesday January 14, 2015 – JRS participates at an emergency UNESCO freedom of expression meeting titled ¨Journalism After Charlie¨ in Paris.
  • Monday Jan 15th, 2015 – JRS to give keynote speech together with Writer Karl Ove Knausgård at PEN International’s Free the Word! festival opening night and presentation of the PEN Oxfam Novib Freedom of Speech award in the Hague.
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  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – JRS interview with Bengali newspaper The Daily Star: “When the pen is mightier than the sword.”
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  • Sunday Nov 23rd, 2014 – JRS will be speaking to University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh students & faculty: “Technology and the Rise of Authoritarianism.” 17:00 ULAB Auditorium, Campus A. Admission Free.
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  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – JRS talks to Salil Tripathy about his “committment to freedom of speech, his championing of indigenous languages, writers in exile and the best selling novel that started it all, Birds of Prey.”
  • Friday Nov 21, 2014 – JRS on freedom of expression panel at Hay Fest Dhaka in Bangladesh featuring Salil Tripathi, C.R. Abrar, Chaired by Nilanjana Roy. KKTea Stage. 12:30- 13:30.
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  • Thursday Nov 20th, 2014 – JRS to give Inaugural address at HAY Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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  • October 23rd, 2014 – JRS addresses THE COMEBACK in official acceptance speech for Honourary Doctorate of Law.
  • Monday Nov 10th, 2014 – Ottawa- THE COMEBACK book launch.
  • 7:00pm. Southminster United Church. 15 Aylmer Ave. JRS speech will be joined by guests TBC. The unstoppable comeback of the Aboriginal peoples.

  • October 17th, 2014 – JRS to give acceptance speech at University of Winnipeg.
  • JRS to give acceptance speech at the University of Winnipeg for Honourary Doctorate of Law with central themes including citizenship & the aboriginal comeback. Click to be redirected to a live stream.

  • October 7th, 2014 – JRS to arrive at the Frankfurt International Book Fair representing PEN International & recently re-issued, published works.
  • October 2nd, 2014 – PEN International passes resolution to support Freedom of Expression of LGBTI community with no votes against during PEN International Congress 2014. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • October 2nd, 2014 – PEN International announces the winner of the New Voices Award to Marina Babanskaya from Russian PEN.
  • October 1st, 2014 – Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev met with the participants of the 80th Congress of PEN International in Bishkek.
  • Президент Алмазбек Атамбаев встретился с участниками 80-го Конгресса PEN International

  • May 26, 2014 – A report from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on our recent PEN International delegation.
  • A report from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on our recent PEN International delegation.

  • May 23, 2014 – JRS to present Key Note speech to the graduates of the IE Business School in Segovia, Spain
  • JRS to present Key Note speech to the graduates of the IE Business School in Segovia, Spain. Key note address will relate to Voltaires Bastards. The graduation ceremony will be broadcast live at 11:15 local time over the internet following the link:

  • May 16, 2014 to May 21, 2014 – JRS in Barcelona for PEN International Board meeting. Board to discuss Russia-Ukraine situation, developing PEN International in Latin America & regional strategies including Turkey, and South Asia.
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  • May 14, 2014 to May 16, 2014 – JRS to attend meeting with Board members in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. Mayor Hermann-Josef Pelgrinstreet to invite German PEN President Josef Haslinger & JRS to sign the Golden Book at Schwäbisch Hall Council Chamber.
  • JRS to attend meeting with PEN Deutschland & PEN International Board members in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. Mayor Hermann-Josef Pelgrinstreet to invite German PEN President Josef Haslinger & JRS to sign the Golden Book at Schwäbisch Hall Council Chamber.

  • May 3, 2014 to May 9th, 2014 – JRS to attend Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina. Visit to include roundtable “Free The Word!” with Argentine authors including Martín Kohan, Luisa Valenzuela, Pola Oloixarac and Carlos Gamerro. They will discuss the history of PEN International in Latin America and Freedom of Expression.
  • JRS to attend Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina from May 3rd – May 9th. Visit to include roundtable “Free The Word!” with Argentine authors including Martín Kohan, Luisa Valenzuela, Pola Oloixarac and Carlos Gamerro. They will discuss the history of PEN International in Latin America and freedom of expression.

  • May 2, 2014 – JRS to speak at National Arts Centre
  • JRS to speak at National Arts Centre, Ottawa: “Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression.” Speech is in celebration of World Press Freedom hosted by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom

  • May 2, 2014 – JRS delivers the keynote address to the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon in Ottawa. Saul’s speech is titled ‘Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression.’
  • JRS delivers the keynote address to the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon in Ottawa. Sauls speech is titled “Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression.”

  • April 30, 2014 – JRS to speak RE: “A Fair Country: Truth or Tall Tale?” In his speech, JRS questions three Canadian myths. Church of the Redeemer. 162 Bloor St. W – April 30th, 7pm.
  • JRS to speak RE: “A Fair Country: Truth or Tall Tale?” FREE event questions three Canadian myths. Church of the Redeemer. 162 Bloor St. W – April 30th, 7pm.

  • March 17, 2014 – JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon.
  • JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon PEN Centre.

  • March 16 to March 23, 2014 – JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon.
  • JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon PEN Centre.

  • January 18, 2014 – JRS Introduces Ray Monk, biographer of Wittgenstein at Jaipur Festival. Jaipur, India.
  • JRS Introduces Ray Monk, biographer of Wittgenstein at Jaipur Festival. Sat Jan 18th, 18:00

  • December 4, 2013 – Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor, Trinity College, in conversation with Dr. John Ralston Saul. “Voltaire’s Bastards Twenty Years on: What’s New?”
  • Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor, Trinity College, in conversation with Dr. John Ralston Saul. “Voltaire’s Bastards Twenty Years on: What’s New?”

  • November 30, 2013
  • PEN International presents the PEN New Voices Award at the Moscow Non-Fiction Book Fair

  • November 27, 2013 – December 1, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul leads a PEN International Delegation to Moscow, Russia

  • September 9, 2013 to September 12, 2013 – John Ralston Saul Chairs the PEN International Congress in Reykjavik
  • John Ralston Saul Chairs the PEN International Congress in Reykjavik

  • May 16, 2013 – John Ralston Saul addresses the ICORN membership at their plenary session in Krakow, Poland
  • John Ralston Saul addresses the ICORN membership at their plenary session in Krakow, Poland

  • May 15, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul presents a review of the PEN missions to the members of the WiPC in Krakow

  • May 14 to 17, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Writers in Prison Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland

  • May 10, 2013
  • John R. Saul participates in a panel about PEN and Literature at the Subversive Festival in Zagreb

  • May 8 to 11, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Peace Committee meeting in Bled, Slovenia

  • January 25, 2013
  • Hay Festival Cartagena: John Ralston Saul and Francine Prose in conversation with Jonathan Bastian

  • January 25, 2013
  • Hay Festival Cartagena: John Ralston Saul and others in conversation with Peter Florence

  • November 12-18, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul leads a PEN International Delegation to Turkey

  • September 9 – 15, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the 78th PEN International Congress in Gyeongju, South Korea

  • August 24, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul meets with Sydney PEN and the Australian Society of Authors

  • July 3 and 4, 2012
  • John R. Saul delivers a speech on The Girona Manifesto at the Forum mondial de la langue français

  • July 2-6, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Forum mondial de la langue française in Quebec City

  • June 20-22, 2012
  • John R. Saul meets with the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of PEN International in London

  • June 17, 2012 to June 19, 2012 – John Ralston Saul attends the Ural Altay Network meeting in Simferopol, Ukraine
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Ural Altay Network meeting in Simferopol, Ukraine

  • June 4, 2012 – June 6, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the annual meeting of the Translation and Linguistic Rights committee

  • May 16, 2012 to May 20, 2012 – John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Peace Committee meeting in Bled, Slovenia
  • John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Peace Committee meeting in Bled, Slovenia

  • May 10, 2012 to May 11, 2012 – John Ralston Saul attends the annual ICORN General Assembly meeting in Stockholm
  • John Ralston Saul attends the annual ICORN General Assembly meeting in Stockholm

  • May 8 to May 10, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the first Balkan Network meeting in Belgrade, Serbia

  • April 16, 2012 to April 18, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the London Book Fair

  • April 16, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Chairmans Breakfast at the London Book Fair

  • March 7, 2012 to March 10, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul visits the PEN Centre in Djibouti

  • February 24, 2012 to March 6, 2012 – John Ralston Saul visits Ethiopian PEN and takes part in the 1st Annual Gral Meeting of PEN Ethiopia
  • John Ralston Saul visits Ethiopian PEN and takes part in the 1st Annual Gral Meeting of PEN Ethiopia

  • February 17, 2012 to February 19, 2012 – John Ralston Saul visits Korean PEN in Seoul
  • John Ralston Saul visits Korean PEN in Seoul

  • January 25, 2012 – January 31, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul leads a PEN International Delegation to Mexico City

  • November 28, 2011 – December 1, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Nordic Forum on Freedom of Expression in Stockholm, Sweden

  • November 20 to November 27, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the PAN African Network meeting in Dakar, Senegal

  • October 13, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Press Conference of the German PEN Centre at the Frankfurt Book Fair

  • October 12, 2011
  • Frankfurt Book Fair: Presentation of the PEN International Publishers Circle

  • September 23, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul participates in the Dawit Isaak Manifestation event at the Göteborg Book Fair

  • September 22 – September 25, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden

  • September 22, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul presents PEN Internationals Publishers Circle at the Göteborg Book Fair

  • September 16, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the opening of the Literary Festival “Free the Word” in Belgrade, Serbia

  • September 13, 2011
  • JRS delivers the Opening Address at the 77th Annual PEN International Congress in Belgrade, Serbia

  • September 12 to 18, 2011
  • The 77th Annual PEN International Congress in Belgrade, Serbia

  • September 12, 2011
  • Literary Evening with John Ralston Saul. Presenting “The Collapse of Globalism” in Belgrade, Serbia

  • September 9, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends reception at the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia

  • September 5 to 8, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul visits the Tunisian PEN Centre and meets with leading writers in Tunis

  • August 26, 2011 – August 28, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends the Italian PEN Prize Ceremony in Compiano, Italy

  • June 23, 2011
  • Meeting with the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland

  • June 8, 2011
  • Meeting with Swedish PEN Centre (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • June 6, 2011
  • Speech: “The E-Book Economy” at FOCUS 2011 Conference (3:00pm, Villa Reale di Monza, Monza, Italy)

  • June 4, 2011
  • Meeting with PEN Club Italiano

  • May 12, 2011 – May 13, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends PEN’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committe Meeting in Girona, Spain

  • May 12, 2011
  • Speech: “Free Speech – On The Attack and Under Attack” (8:00pm, Centre Culturel La Mercè, Girona)

  • May 11, 2011
  • Speech: “Censorship for Sale”, at the Oslo Freedom Forum (9:15am, Christiania Theater, Oslo, Norway)

  • May 6, 2011
  • Speech as part of PEN Peace Committee Conference 2011 (11:00am, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • April 28, 2011 – April 28, 2011
  • John Saul speaks at “Working Day,” part of PEN American Center’s 2011 World Voices Festival

  • April 10, 2011
  • John Saul chairs panel titled “Terms of Engagement,” as part of English PEN”s Free the Word!, 5 PM

  • March 25, 2011
  • John Saul has discussion with Heidi Hautala, Chair, Subcommittee – Human Rights, European Parliament

  • March 24 to March 27, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul attends WIPC Meeting in Brussels

  • March 24, 2011
  • John Saul attends meetings in Brussels with Viviane Reding, Vice President of European Commission

  • March 24, 2011
  • John Saul meets with László Tőkés, VP European Parliament, Human Rights Sub-Committee

  • March 24, 2011
  • John Saul meets with Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders, with David Van Reybrouck

  • March 21 and March 22, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul meets with PEN International staff in London

  • February 10, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul meets with PEN American Centre in New York City

  • December 10, 2010
  • Attending Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony for Liu Xiaobo with PEN leaders (Oslo, Norway)

  • December 10, 2010
  • John Ralston Saul participates in seminar organized by PEN International and Amnesty (Oslo)

  • December 6, 2010
  • John Ralston Saul meets UNESCO’s Sec. General, Mme Bokova, to discuss Freedom of Expression (Paris)

  • December 1 – 3, 2010
  • Participating in African Writer and the Challenges of the Times Conference (Cairo, Egypt)

  • November 30, 2010
  • PEN International meeting wih Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League (Cairo, Egypt)

  • November 8, 2010 – November 11, 2010
  • Visit to International PEN office (London, UK)

  • October 8, 2010
  • Meeting with Mayor of Reykjavik, Jón Gnarr (Reykjavik, Iceland)

  • October 7, 2010
  • Meeting with Icelandic PEN (Reykjavik, Iceland)

  • October 7, 2010
  • Meeting with Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Reykjavik, Iceland)

  • September 26, 2010 – October 1, 2010
  • The 76th Annual International PEN Congress (Tokyo)

  • September 16, 2010
  • Panel: Faith and Free Speech: Defamation of Religions and Freedom of Expression (Geneva)

  • September 16, 2010
  • Press Release Regarding Conclusion of International Seminar on Religious Defamation

  • June 23, 2010
  • PEN Intervention at European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights (Brussels)

  • June 23, 2010
  • PEN Debate on Freedom of Expression with Dejan Anesteijvic, ICORN Writer in Exile (Brussels)

  • June 23, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with the Office of the European Union Development Commissioner (Brussels)

  • June 23, 2010
  • Press Conference on Situation in Tunisia with Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Sihem Bensedrine (Brussels)

  • June 17, 2010
  • PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights Conference (Barcelona, Spain)

  • June 6, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with Roberto Varela, Galician Minister of Culture (Santiago de Compostela, Galicia)

  • June 4 to June 6, 2010
  • ICORN General Assembly (Frankfurt)

  • June 4, 2010 – PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense (Ourense, Galicia)
  • PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense (Ourense, Galicia)

  • June 2, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Xunta of Galicia

  • June 2, 2010 – June 6, 2010
  • Co-Chair of the Fourth Ibero-American Foundation of PEN Conference (Santiago de Compostela, Galicia)

  • May 29, 2010
  • Meeting with Suomen PEN (Helsinki, Finland)

  • May 27, 2010
  • Meeting with Norsk PEN (Oslo, Norway)

  • May 26, 2010
  • Meeting with Svenska PEN (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • May 24, 2010
  • Meeting with Melbourne PEN (Melbourne, Australia)

  • May 23, 2010
  • Onstage Event: “Freedom and Globalization”, in support of the Melbourne PEN Centre (Melbourne)

  • May 23, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with Rt. Hon. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia (Canberra, Australia)

  • May 22, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition (Sydney, Australia)

  • May 21, 2010
  • PEN Gives Voice, Hosted by John Ralston Saul at the City Recital Hall (Sydney, Australia)

  • April 30, 2010
  • 1st Annual Japan PEN-Canadian PEN Literary Festival at the Munk Centre for International Studies

  • April 30, 2010
  • Japanese PEN – PEN Canada Event (Toronto)

  • April 18, 2010
  • Remarks at the PEN Free the Word! London Festival (London, United Kingdom)

  • April 14, 2010 – April 18, 2010
  • PEN Free the Word! Festival (London, UK)

  • April 8, 2010
  • Meeting with Haitian PEN (Quebec, Quebec)

  • March 24, 2010 – March 27, 2010
  • 42nd International Bled Conference and PEN Writers for Peace Committee Meeting (Bled, Slovenia)

  • March 24, 2010
  • 42nd International Bled Conference and Annual Meeting of the Peace Committee of International PEN

  • March 18, 2010
  • Meeting with French PEN Club (Paris, France)

  • News & Statements

  • March 17, 2016 – JRS interviewed by Turkish newspaper K24 about the lack of freedom of expression in Turkey and about his literary career – Istanbul, Turkey
  • November 17, 2015 – JRS’s presidency closing letter to the PEN Membership
  • November 16, 2015 Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends, A last monthly letter to say thank you and to report on the 81st Congress in Quebec City. First, the obvious, we have a new President. Jennifer Clement, a wonderful novelist. She was President of PEN Mexico when we organized our first new style international delegation in […]

  • October 28, 2015 – Article in El Pais Uruguay on the resurgence of PEN in Latin America mentioning JRS involvement in the region – Montevideo, Uruguay
  • October 14, 2015 – Emotional Thank you letter from Leonard Cohen to JRS for being President of PEN International for the past 6 years – Quebec City, Canada
  • October 14, 2015 – JRS delivers last speech after serving as International President of PEN International for the past 6 years at the 81st PEN Congress. – Quebec City, Canada
  • September 30, 2015 – JRS to attend a PEN Ukraine public meeting along with Andrei Kurkov hosted by Mykola Riabchuck, President of PEN Ukraine, on ‘Culture, the War and Responsibility of intellectuals’ in Library Hall of Kyiv- Kiev, Ukraine
  • September16, 2015 – October Letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership
  • August 2015 Letter from John Ralston Saul International President of PEN International to the PEN membership. September 10, 2015 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, There are moments when civilizations throw away the ethical value of that word, civilization. They lose the credibility needed to be taken seriously. The question is, can they get it back? […]

  • August 16, 2015 – September Letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership
  • August 2015 Letter from John Ralston Saul International President of PEN International to the PEN membership. September 15, 2015 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, There are moments when civilizations throw away the ethical value of that word, civilization. They lose the credibility needed to be taken seriously. The question is, can they get it back? […]

  • 24 July, 2015 – July Letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership
  • June 2015 Monthly Letter from John Ralston Saul, International President to the PEN membership July 09, 2015 Dear PEN members, dear Friends, For many people outside the world of writers, publishers, translators – whether we are writing for books or newspapers, blogs or the screen – it must seem that we lead contradictory lives. We […]

  • June 23 – JRS to meet Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie together with Carles Torner, ED of PEN International to talk about PEN’s programs in Africa.
  • June 22 – JRS to meet with Madam Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, together with Carles Torner, ED of PEN International and Romana Cacchioli, Director of International Programs to talk about PEN and its activities.
  • 13 May, 2015 – May Letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership
  • May Letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership. May 13, 2015 Dear PEN members, dear friends, This spring we undertook an ambitious three country intervention in Latin America. Sixteen PEN centres took part. We called it the PEN Summit of the Americas and it unfolded as we moved from Honduras to […]

  • May 26, 2015 – JRS to Speak at the Opening Ceremony of the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 26-29, 2015 – JRS to attend the Biennial PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • May 17, 2015 – JRS to take part in the PEN Podium of the 37th Literature Days literary festival to discuss freedom of expression after Charlie Hebdo and the current situation in places such as Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and Honduras. Solothurn, Switzerland.
  • Click on the headline to be directed to the link.

  • May 16, 2015 – JRS to take part in panel, “Literature in a Time of Crisis” in the 37th Literature Days literary festival.. Participants include Yari Bernasconi, Marica Bodrožić, Martin R. Dean, Pedro Lenz, Jérôme Meizoz, Ruth Schweikert. Ariane von Graffenried. Solothurn. Switzerland
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  • May 06, 2015 – JRS to attend the PEN International Writers for Peace Committee Meeting in Bled, Slovenia.
  • May 07, 2015 – JRS to give keynote speech at the opening roundtable of the PEN International Writers for Peace Committee Meeting, “A Writer in a Society Reduced to Its Public Sphere”. – Bled, Slovenia.
  • Monday April 20th, 2015 – PEN Argentina, headed by Luisa Valenzuela, officially relaunches. Another step forward strengthening PEN’s presence in the Americas. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Click on the link to read Andrew Graham-Yooll’s report for the Buenos Aires Herald:

  • Sunday April 19th, 2015 – JRS joins Andrew Tuck & Tom Edwards on Monocle 24 radio to discuss freedom of expression and the importance of protecting endangered languages. London, England.
  • Click on the link to hear JRS discuss freedom of expression with Andrew Tuck & Tom Edwards of Monocle 24:

  • Wednesday April 15th, 2015 – JRS to take part in a PEN International roundtable at the European Parliament with Josef Haslinger, Tahmima Anam, Kamila Shamsie, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, discussing “Freedom of Expression in a Time of Crisis” Chaired by Josep Maria Terricabras. Brussels, Belgium
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  • Tuesday April 14th, 2015 – JRS will lead a PEN International delegation with Jarkko Tonti, Josef Haslinger, Jo Glanville, Nina George, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, organized by Josep Maria Terricabras to present PEN’s document “Refugee and Asylum Seekers Protection in Europe” declaration to the European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The declaration is signed by more than 1000 writers. Brussels, Belgium.
  • Click headline to be re-directed to a VIDEO of JRS & Josef Haslinger with European Parliament President, Martin Schulz:

  • Thursday February 26th, 2015 – PEN International, which defends freedom of expression, said that in Latin America there is a vicious cycle of corruption-violence-impunity against writers and journalists. Terra Noticias Mexico.
  • Click on the link to be directed to the article in Terra Noticias (In Spanish):

  • Thursday February 26th, 2015 – John Ralston Saul “Corruption prevents development of Mexico.” Criterio Hidalgo Newspaper. Mexico
  • Click on the link to be directed to the article in Criterio Hidalgo (In Spanish):

  • Thursday February 26th, 2015 – John Ralston Saul: “The Mexican social dis-ease id this profane unholy trinity of corruption, violence and impunity.” El Economista (In Spanish). Mexico
  • Click on the link to be directed to the article in El Economista (Spanish):

  • Thursday February 26th, 2015 – PEN International President John Ralston Saul: “Inefficiency of government in protecting human rights.”
  • Click on the link to be directed to the article in El Semanario:

  • Thursday February 26, 2015 – John Ralston Saul, president of PEN Club International noted that if the problems of violence in Mexico are not fixed, they will affect other countries.” Newpaper El Debate. (Spanish) Mexico
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  • Wednesday February 25th, 2015 – JRS to gives a speech: “Debacle of globalization and the collapse of the state” at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico.
  • Tuesday February 24th, 2015 – JRS meets with Mexican justice committee with PEN International delegates to confront impunity and advocate journalist protection.
  • Monday February 23rd, 2015 – JRS to meet with Mexico City mayor to discuss PEN Americas Summit 2015. Mexico DF
  • Thursday February 19th, 2015 – JRS to speak in Managua, Nicaragua: “The Canal and Channels of Communication: Interoceanic Canal, Freedom of Expression & Transparency.”
  • Wednesday February 18th, 2015 – JRS Speech at the opening of the 11th International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua. (Spanish)
  • Discurso de John Ralston Saul Ceremonia de Apertura 11 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada Febrero 17, 2015 Granada, Nicaragua Solo bajo la mas grande trepidación es que un filosofo da un discurso a poetas. Todos sabemos – nosotros novelistas, historiadores – que, sí existe una aristocracia entre los escritores, es dominada por los príncipes […]

  • Friday Feb 13th- 24 February – JRS heads delegation of writers from around the world to address attacks on journalists in Central America & Mexico
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  • Monday Feb 2nd, 2015 – January Letter from John Ralston Saul to the PEN International membership.
  • January Letter from John Ralston Saul, International President, to the PEN Membership. January 26, 2014 Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends, Last week in Paris I went to the site of the Charlie Hebdo murders with Emmanuel Pierrat of French PEN, Jarkko Tontti, Carles Torner and Sarah Clarke from our Secretariat. We placed flowers and a […]

  • Tuesday January 20, 2015: JRS in Skopje, Macedonia to meet with the Macedonian President, Ǵorge Ivanov, the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski and the Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska,
  • Tuesday Jan 13th, 2015 – Censors March for Free Expression: PEN calls on Governments to implement their commitments to free expression and to desist from further curtailing free expression through the expansion of surveillance.
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  • Wednesday January 14, 2015 – JRS participates at an emergency UNESCO freedom of expression meeting titled ¨Journalism After Charlie¨ in Paris.
  • Monday Jan 15th, 2015 – JRS to give keynote speech together with Writer Karl Ove Knausgård at PEN International’s Free the Word! festival opening night and presentation of the PEN Oxfam Novib Freedom of Speech award in the Hague.
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  • (Français) le vendredi 09 janvier 2015 – PEN est consterné par l’attaque sauvage contre le journal satirique français Charlie Hebdo.
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  • Monday Jan 07th, 2015 – JRS “PEN International appalled by savage attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.”
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  • Wednesday Dec 3rd, 2014 – PEN International concerned over Bergman’s punishment. The Dhaka Tribune.
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  • Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 – Bangladesh court convicts British journalist David Bergman for doubting war death toll. The Guardian UK.
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  • Tuesday Dec 2nd, 2014 – John Ralston Saul, on David Bergman’s ruling by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal.
  • Click headline to be re- directed to John Ralston Saul’s PEN International statement

  • Monday Nov 24th, 2014 – October/ November Letter from John Ralston Saul to the PEN International membership.
  • Dear PEN Members, Dear friends, A few weeks ago, two hundred and fifty writers from almost 80 PEN Centres came together in Bishkek. Nothing like this has been tried before. And it probably would not have been possible elsewhere in the region. This 80th Congress was an illustration of why PEN exists. We came to […]

  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – JRS interview with Bengali newspaper The Daily Star: “When the pen is mightier than the sword.”
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  • Saturday November 22nd, 2014 – Homero Aridjis, former PEN International President has written an important article on the situation in Mexico. Huffington Post.
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  • Thursday Nov 20th, 2014 – JRS is interviewed by The Daily Star: “Hay Festival begins with a promise of diversity.” Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – JRS talks to Salil Tripathy about his “committment to freedom of speech, his championing of indigenous languages, writers in exile and the best selling novel that started it all, Birds of Prey.”
  • Friday Nov 21, 2014 – JRS on freedom of expression panel at Hay Fest Dhaka in Bangladesh featuring Salil Tripathi, C.R. Abrar, Chaired by Nilanjana Roy. KKTea Stage. 12:30- 13:30.
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  • Thursday Nov 20th, 2014 – JRS to give Inaugural address at HAY Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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  • Thursday Nov 6th, 2014 – Vancouver- THE COMEBACK book launch.
  • 7:00 pm. First Nations House of Learning. 1985 W. Mall. UBC Point Grey (closest parking: Fraser River Parkade). JRS speech moderated by Georgia Straight Editor, Charlie Smith. Guests include Doug White, Leah George Wilson & Shain Jackson. The unstoppable comeback of the Aboriginal peoples.

  • Tuesday Nov 4th, 2014 – Winnipeg- THE COMEBACK book launch.
  • 7:30 pm. 300 Memorial Blvd. Winnipeg Art Gallery. JRS speech & conversation with Leah Gazan, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair with music by Rebecca Chartrand, hosted by Michael Champagne. The unstoppable comeback of the Aboriginal peoples.

  • Monday Nov 3rd, 2014 – Saskatoon – THE COMEBACK book launch.
  • 7:00 pm at The Roxy Theatre 320 20th St W. JRS Speech & conversation with Winona Wheeler and John Ralston Saul will be joined by special guests, hip hop artist Eekwol and Dr. Winona Wheeler, President Elect of NAISA & Head of the Department of Native Studies. Hosted by Dani Mario of CBC News Saskatchewan. […]

  • October 7th, 2014 – Joanne Leedom-Ackerman shares her impressions of 80th PEN International Congress. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • October 7th, 2014 – JRS to arrive at the Frankfurt International Book Fair representing PEN International & recently re-issued, published works.
  • October 2nd, 2014 – PEN International passes resolution to support Freedom of Expression of LGBTI community with no votes against during PEN International Congress 2014. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • October 2nd, 2014 – PEN International announces the winner of the New Voices Award to Marina Babanskaya from Russian PEN.
  • October 1st, 2014 – Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev met with the participants of the 80th Congress of PEN International in Bishkek.
  • Президент Алмазбек Атамбаев встретился с участниками 80-го Конгресса PEN International

  • September 28th to October 7th, 2014 – JRS to lead the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgystan.
  • JRS to lead the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgystan.

  • September 29th, 2014 – JRS meets the Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurlan Nigmatulin and the Chairman of The Committee of Criminal and Executive System, Colonel Baurzhan Maratovich Berdalin.
  • Septmber 26, 2014 – JRS & PEN delegation granted permission from the Kazakh prison system to meet with imprisoned journalist Vladimir Koslov.
  • September 26th, 2014 – JRS meets Aliya Turusbekova, Vladimir Kozlov’s wife with Hori Takeaki, International Secretary, Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International and Kazakh PEN member Vladimir Karcev.
  • September 25th, 2014 – JRS meets with Kazakh university students at the Canadian Embassy in Astana with Ambassador Shawn Steil.
  • September 25th – 27th, 2014 – JRS will be leading a PEN International delegation to Kazakhstan w/ International Secretary Hori Takeaki & Executive Director Carles Torner to meet with Kazakh PEN & Public Officials in Astana & Almaty.
  • JRS will be leading a PEN International delegation to Kazakhstan w/ International Secretary Hori Takeaki & Executive Director Carles Torner to meet with Kazakh PEN & Public Officials in Astana & Almaty.

  • September 22, 2014 – Monthly Letter from John Ralston Saul, International President
  • August 1st, 2014 – PEN International Condemns Killings of Journalists and Attacks on Media during Israeli Offensive in Gaza.
  • PEN International Condemns Killings of Journalists and Attacks on Media during Israeli Offensive in Gaza.

  • July 22th, 2014 – July letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership.
  • July letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership.

  • June 13, 2014 – An interview with Finnish journalist, Antti Majander.
  • An interview with Finnish journalist, Antti Majander: “Russian and Ukrainian PEN centres are opposed to align with hate speech.”

  • June 12, 2014 – JRS in Tallinn to meet with members and President of Estonian PEN,
  • JRS in Tallinn to meet with members and President of Estonian PEN, Kätlin Kaldmaa and Estonian Minister of Culture, Urve Tiidus.

  • June 11, 2014 – Russian and Ukrainian PEN International affirm their unity against the waves of propaganda destroying the language of public discussion.
  • Russian and Ukrainian PEN affirm their unity against the waves of propaganda destroying the language of public discussion.

  • June 10, 2014 – JRS is in Helsinki with Jarkko Tonti, International Treasurer of International PEN
  • JRS in Helsking with Jarkko Tonti, International Treasurer of PEN International and Sirpa Kähkönen, President of Finnish PEN. Tomorrow they will meet with Erik Lundberg, Head of the Unit for Human Rights Policy, Pekka Haavisto, Minister for International Development of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnish PEN members.

  • June 9, 2014 – PEN International brings together leading Ukrainian and Russian writers to promote a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
  • PEN brings together leading Ukrainian and Russian writers to promote a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

  • May 26, 2014 – A report from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on our recent PEN International delegation.
  • A report from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on our recent PEN International delegation.

  • May 16, 2014 to May 21, 2014 – JRS in Barcelona for PEN International Board meeting. Board to discuss Russia-Ukraine situation, developing PEN International in Latin America & regional strategies including Turkey, and South Asia.
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  • PEN International President delivers speech on World Press Freedom Day.
  • Press Freedom Day event in Ottawa, Canada. The speech, titled ‘Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression’ is available to view online here.

  • May 6th, 2014 – PEN International President delivers speech on World Press Freedom Day. Ottawa, Canada
  • PEN International President delivers speech on World Press Freedom Day. Ottawa, Canada

  • May 3, 2014 to May 9th, 2014 – JRS to attend Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina. Visit to include roundtable “Free The Word!” with Argentine authors including Martín Kohan, Luisa Valenzuela, Pola Oloixarac and Carlos Gamerro. They will discuss the history of PEN International in Latin America and Freedom of Expression.
  • JRS to attend Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina from May 3rd – May 9th. Visit to include roundtable “Free The Word!” with Argentine authors including Martín Kohan, Luisa Valenzuela, Pola Oloixarac and Carlos Gamerro. They will discuss the history of PEN International in Latin America and freedom of expression.

  • May 2, 2014 – JRS delivers the keynote address to the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon in Ottawa. Saul’s speech is titled ‘Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression.’
  • JRS delivers the keynote address to the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon in Ottawa. Sauls speech is titled “Secrecy, Surveillance and Free Expression.”

  • March & April letter from John Ralston Saul International President, to the PEN membership.
  • April 22, 2014 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends, I hope you won’t mind a more personal monthly letter. I am just back from Burma, now Myanmar, for the first time in a quarter century. From 1980 through much of the ‘80’s I was often there, in different guises, writing on the terrible situation. The military […]

  • John Ralston Saul Meets With Aung San Suu Kyi At Naypyidaw, Myanmar
  • MARCH 20, 2014

  • March 17, 2014 – JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon.
  • JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon PEN Centre.

  • March 16 to March 23, 2014 – JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon.
  • JRS to visit publishers and writers in Myanmar at Yangon PEN Centre.

  • January/February Letter From John Ralston Saul, International President, To The PEN Membership.
  • MARCH 10, 2014 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, As many of you know, Haroon Siddiqui (former International Board member) and I were in India for three weeks in January, for the launch of the new Delhi PEN Centre and to visit the older All-India PEN Centre in Mumbai.  I will come back to the situation […]

  • January 19, 2014 – JRS in conversation w/ Peter Godwin, Jerry Pinto & Madhu Trehan.
  • PEN Session Sunday Jan 19th 17:00 – 18:00. JRS in conversation w/ Peter Godwin, Jerry Pinto & Madhu Trehan: “Freedom, Opinion and Expression.”

  • January 18, 2014 – JRS Introduces Ray Monk, biographer of Wittgenstein at Jaipur Festival. Jaipur, India.
  • JRS Introduces Ray Monk, biographer of Wittgenstein at Jaipur Festival. Sat Jan 18th, 18:00

  • November/ December Letter From John Ralston Saul, International President, To The PEN Membership.
  • JANUARY 13, 2014 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, First, best wishes to all of you for the New Year.  Some of you have already celebrated your official date; others are about to do so. Last year saw a remarkable growth in PEN’s work.  Our renewed and enlarged education work, with the support of SIDA, has us building […]

  • John Ralston Saul On Nelson Mandela
  • DECEMBER 5, 2013 Two weeks ago I was standing in the Anti-Apartheid museum in Johannesburg listening to Nelson Mandela’s voice as he made his statement from the Dock during the Rivonia Trial. It was April 29th, 1964. An eerie sound, poorly recorded, and yet his voice somehow dominated the technology. Why had they recorded him? […]

  • Pen International Leaders Join Japan PEN In Criticizing The Japanese “Secret Bill:”
  • NOVEMBER 22, 2013 STATEMENT ON THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT’S “DESIGNATED SECRETS BILL” BY JOHN RALSTON SAUL INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT PEN INTERNATIONAL Governments need very few secrets and citizens have the right to a great deal of information. Citizens need this information in order to fulfill their role. And they have the right to this information. Instead we […]

  • October Letter From John Ralston Saul, International President, To The PEN Membership
  • NOVEMBER 15, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, I am writing this on November 15th, the Day of the Imprisoned Writer.  A year ago some twenty of us from around the world were in Istanbul and Ankara with PEN Turkey, meeting with political leaders and drawing attention to the endangered state of free expression, with so […]

  • September letter from John Ralston Saul, International President to the PEN membership
  • October 15 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, By now all Centres will have the International Secretary’s summary of the 79th Congress in Reykjavik and will know what an important gathering it was. Let me highlight a few things. There is now a Myanmar PEN Centre, after more than half a century of dictatorship http://www.pen-international.org/09/2013/introducing-pen-myanmar-nay-phone-latt/. The […]

  • A Different Kind Of Censorship Reporters In Mexico.
  • OCTOBER 10, 2013 PEN Zentrum Deautschland hosts Ana Lilia Perez, Jeanette Erazo Heufelder Urs Jaeggi Tobias Voss and Sascha Feuchert at Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 Frankfurt, Germany.

  • PEN International Publishers Circle Focus On Burma
  • OCTOBER 9, 2013 JRS Jo Lusby and Ronald Blunden speak at event on Burma. Weltempfang Salon Exhibition Site. Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 in Germany.

  • October 9 to 13, 2013
  • JRS to arrive in Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013. Will Chair the PEN International Publishers Circle breakfast.

  • John Ralston Saul Participates In The Free The Word! Panel With Douglas Coupland And Ali Ravi
  • SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 3pm-3.45pm PEN International Free the Word! Freedom of Speech: Digital Frontiers Edward Snowden’s revelations about international mass surveillance programs have prompted perhaps the definitive debate of our age: How free are we online? How do writers approach such issues? Douglas Coupland, PEN International President John Ralston Saul and Ali Ravi (Tactical Technology Collective) will discuss the future […]

  • John Ralston Saul Introduces And Chairs The Free The Word! Event In Reykjavik
  • SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 John Ralston Saul introduces and chairs the Free the Word! event at the Reykjavik International Literary Festival.Joint program of the Reykjavik International Literary Festival and PEN International. Authors read in their mother tongue.Program:• Address: John Ralston Saul President of PEN International• Icelandic poet Þorsteinn frá Hamri• Winner of the New Voices Award announced• […]

  • September 11th, 2013 – Opening Speech At The 79th PEN International Congress In Reykjavik
  • Opening Speech At The 79th PEN International Congress In Reykjavik

  • Opening Speech At The 79th PEN International Congress In Reykjavik
  • SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 Someone is listening to us. Of course, tonight, in this theatre, a thousand of you are listening.  And that is a good thing for literature and for free expression. But out there, beyond this room literally millions of people are being employed around the world to make nonsense of our concepts of […]

  • RESOLUTION: THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. Submitted By Swedish PEN, To Be Seconded On The Assembly Floor.
  • SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 79th World Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, 9th to 12th September 2013. During 2013, the authorities in the Russian Federation continued their attempts to stifle free expression by adding two further pieces of draconian legislation to the books. In June 2013, the so-called […]

  • RESOLUTION: PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. Submitted By Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), Seconded
  • SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 79th World Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, 9 September to 12 September 2013 Welcomes the release on bail of Jiao Guobiao, and withdrawal of the charges against Chen Pingfu by the prosecutors since the last PEN International Congress in September […]

  • Resolution On Surveillance. Submitted By American PEN And English PEN
  • SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 79th World Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, 9th to 12th September 2013 In recent years, there has been a series of deeply troubling revelations concerning secret United States governmental programmes that violate international human rights norms. These revelations have not come from the […]

  • September 9, 2013 to September 12, 2013 – John Ralston Saul Chairs the PEN International Congress in Reykjavik
  • John Ralston Saul Chairs the PEN International Congress in Reykjavik

  • July/ August Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, In a few days, many of us will meet in Reykjavik for the 79th PEN International Congress.  Many things will happen there.  When it comes to rights, we are faced today by a curiously old fashioned situation – that is, there are serious freedom of expression issues in all of […]

  • May And June Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • JULY 3, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,This letter comes a few days after the Turkish government forced the peaceful protesters off Taksim Square in Istanbul.  I have been speaking regularly with Turkish PEN President, Tarik Günersel, who said that some people – including writers – have been injured by the police.  He also feels […]

  • January 25, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul Visits The Board And Membership Of The Colombian PEN Centre In Bogota

  • April Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • MAY 12, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,First a regret.  Ethiopian PEN has just held its annual Congress. Last year I was able to be there for the first ever gathering which took place in uncertain circumstances.  I am very sorry not to have been able to return this year.  The situation in the country […]

  • February And March Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • APRIL 8, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, This letter covers two months – February and March.  I have been constantly on the road, which is never good for writing.  The main news I have comes out of a trip back to Mexico and on to Nicaragua.  But first some good news.If you go to our […]

  • MARCH 14, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul Visits The Board Of The Nicaraguan PEN Centre In Managua

  • MARCH 11, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul Leads A PEN International Follow-Up Delegation To Mexico City

  • MARCH 8, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul Delivers A Key-Note Speech At The Meeting Of The IAPA In Puebla, Mexico

  • MARCH 7, 2013
  • John Ralston Saul Attends The Meeting Of The Inter-American Press Association In Puebla, Mexico

  • January Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,As you know, PEN now has a partnership with the Hay Festival network.  This means our Free the Word! program fits into already existing festivals.  And so through literature we are able to get across our messages about free speech, debate, translation, endangered languages, digital standards and so […]

  • December Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • DECEMBER 31, 2012 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,As many of you know, the entire Board of Directors of PEN Turkey is now under investigation for having insulted the Turkish Republic, as laid out in Article 301.  Of course, there are already some 70 writers in prison in Turkey and many others caught up in the […]

  • November Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,Some 20 of us are just back from Turkey. It was a long and complex mission in difficult circumstances – difficult because the freedom of expression situation in Turkey has been in decline for almost two years. But I do feel that we have helped to create a […]

  • November 14, 2012
  • John R. Saul And The PEN Delegation To Turkey Meet WithTurkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış

  • November 13, 2012
  • John R. Saul And The PEN Delegation To Turkey Meet With President Turkish President Abdullah Gül

  • October Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • OCTOBER 31, 2012 Dear PEN members, Dear friends,October is Frankfurt Book Fair.  PEN International’s relationship with the Fair continues to grow.  The opening session of the Weltempfang was given to our Publishers Circle, with Ronald Blunden, Anders Heger, Ola Wallin and myself in conversation with publishers emerging in difficult situations.  This included Babar Maqbool from […]

  • OCTOBER 9, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul Chairs The PEN Publishers Circle Event At The Frankfurt Book Fair

  • September Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 Dear PEN members, Dear friends, Those of you who were in Gyeongju for the Congress are now home, those who were not able to come have had a good description of it from our Executive Director, Laura McVeigh, or from your Delegates.  Wole Soyinka, in one of the debates, said “literature is […]

  • PEN International Re-Elects John Ralston Saul To Second Term As International President
  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 John Ralston Saul, a life-long champion of freedom of expression has been re-elected as PEN International’s President for a second term by the Assembly of Delegates at the 78th Annual Congress. He was first elected President of PEN International in October 2009. The internationally-renowned Canadian author and public intellectual is included in […]

  • John Ralston Saul Delivers The Opening Speech Of The 78th PEN International Congress In Gyeongju
  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 This is a remarkable city.  I have been coming to Gyeongju for fifteen years.  It is a city not only of history but of ideas; a city built on the idea of a humanist civilization, both Buddhist and Confucian.  I think often, wherever I am in the world, of The Divine Bell […]

  • Opening Speech Of The 78th Annual PEN Congress In Gyeongju, South Korea
  • Opening Speech Of The 78th Annual PEN Congress In Gyeongju, South Korea SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

  • August Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • AUGUST 31, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,This will be a short letter.  I wanted to get it off to you before many of us meet in Gyeongju for the 78th PEN International Congress.  I am writing to you from Australia where I have been largely for non-PEN matters.  However, as always, I ensure there are […]

  • July Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • JULY 31, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,First, the Board has now finished working on the PEN International Declaration on Free Expression and Digital Technologies and passed it unanimously.  It is in translation and will be on its way to you very soon.  Please have a close look and show it to any experts you […]

  • June Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • JUNE 29, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,In some ways this was a month focused on linguistic rights.  Not that the rest of our world stopped turning.  In Mexico the good and the bad continued to speed in a complex spiral.  President Calderon has finally signed the Law of Protection for Human Rights Defenders and […]

  • JUNE 5, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul delivers a speech on the Girona Manifesto for a meeting with the governor of Catalonia

  • May Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • MAY 28, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,  May and June are the months when our standing Committees tend to get together.  This matters because we are a grassroots movement spread all over the world.  We need to see each other in order to continually set and reset our direction.  The new Balkans Network held its inaugural […]

  • A Statement On The Death Of Carlos Fuentes From John Ralston Saul, President Of PEN International
  • MAY 17, 2012 Truly great writers come in different forms. With the death of Carlos Fuentes, Mexico loses – we all lose – a writer of the grandest form, as strong in fiction as in non-fiction. He was an intellectual who could serve the state, but until the last moments of his life, was ready […]

  • May 16, 2012 to May 20, 2012 – John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Peace Committee meeting in Bled, Slovenia
  • John Ralston Saul attends the PEN Peace Committee meeting in Bled, Slovenia

  • April Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • APRIL 30, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,Hori Takeaki, Eric Lax and I have just spent several days in London, discussing PEN strategy, spending time with Laura McVeigh and the staff of our international office and talking to publishers at the London Book Fair.The three of us try to get together several times a year.  […]

  • March 30, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul Hosts The Annual PEN Patron Event At His Home In Toronto

  • March Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • MARCH 21, 2012 Dear PEN members, Dear Friends,This letter arrives a bit late as I have just come from spending time with our PEN Centres in Ethiopia and Djibouti.  Before telling you about that, a few words on thedevelopments in Mexico.  You may have seen from a recent PEN statement that there has been an […]

  • PEN International Statement: Mexican Senate Backs Federalization Of Crimes Against Jounalists
  • MARCH 14, 2012 PEN International Statement Mexican Senate Backs Federalization of Crimes against Freedom of Expression PEN International warmly welcomes the Mexican Senate’s approval, on 13 March 2012, of a constitutional amendment, which, if passed by Mexico’s states, will federalize crimes against journalists. John Ralston Saul, International President of PEN International said: “This amendment was […]

  • March 7, 2012 to March 10, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul visits the PEN Centre in Djibouti

  • February 24, 2012 to March 6, 2012 – John Ralston Saul visits Ethiopian PEN and takes part in the 1st Annual Gral Meeting of PEN Ethiopia
  • John Ralston Saul visits Ethiopian PEN and takes part in the 1st Annual Gral Meeting of PEN Ethiopia

  • February Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • FEBRUARY 18, 2012 Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,By now many of you will have read about our PEN International mission to Mexico.  There is a great deal on the website.  Please have a look.This mission was important for two reasons.  First, the situation in Mexico is getting worse, with over eighty writers killed already.  Newspapers […]

  • February 17, 2012 to February 19, 2012 – John Ralston Saul visits Korean PEN in Seoul
  • John Ralston Saul visits Korean PEN in Seoul

  • FEBRUARY 3, 2012
  • Op-Ed By John Ralston Saul At The Globe And Mail: Mexico – Where Words Are Rags To Cover Corpses

  • FEBRUARY 3, 2012
  • The Globe And Mail Op-Ed – Mexico: Where Words Are “Rags To Cover Corpses”

  • JANUARY 30, 2012
  • John Ralston Saul Delivers A Speech At The PEN Protesta Public Event In Mexico City

  • PEN Delegation In Mexico: Public Meeting Of Solidarity And Protest
  • JANUARY 29, 2012 PEN Mexico, Pen International and other PEN centres as well as prominent writers and journalists from around the world will meet to protest the killing and disappearance of journalists in Mexico.  The public event will take place on January 29, 2012 at noon in Mexico City. Place: Casa Lamm Time: 12:00 PM […]

  • Opening Speech At PEN Protesta! Public Event In Mexico City
  • JANUARY 29, 2012 Follow the link below for a full transcript of John Ralston Saul’s opening speech at the PEN Protesta! public event in Mexico City http://www.pen-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ENG_Mexico-City-Speech-Jan-29.pdf

  • January Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • JANUARY 18, 2012 Dear friends, Dear PEN members,A few days from now a large delegation – ten of us – will go to Mexico City.  This will be a strong expression of solidarity for Mexican writers and journalists.  It will also be unprecedented, with the entire Executive going – Hori Takeaki, Eric Lax and myself […]

  • December Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • DECEMBER 13, 2011 Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends, Over the last month I have been able to spend time with some twenty of our Centres in Africa and in Europe – a PEN African Network meeting in Dakar, four days in Sierra Leone with our PEN Centre there, a Forum of Freedom of Expression and […]

  • NOVEMBER 30, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul Delivers A Speech At The Nordic Forum On Freedom Of Expression In Stockholm Sweden

  • Statement Issued By Swedish PEN At The Nordic Forum On Freedom Of Expresion In Stockholm
  • NOVEMBER 30, 2011 ERICSSON’S RESPONSIBILITY IN SYRIA November 1st, 2011 Over the last few weeks, the revelation that the telecom company Ericsson has been delivering advanced positioning equipment to the Syrian government has been the focus of a heated debate in Sweden. There can be no doubt whatsoever that this equipment is being used to position, eavesdrop […]

  • Opening Address By John Ralston Saul At The PAN Meeting In Dakar, Senegal
  • NOVEMBER 22, 2011 President Wade Ambassadors Ministers Mr. Kebé, President of PEN Senegal Mr. Beye, Secretary General of PEN Senegal Mr. Harruna Attah, Secretary General of PAN Prof. Okai, Secretary General of the Pan African Writers Association Members of PEN everywhere in Africa Ladies Gentlemen President Wade, it’s a great honour to have you with us today. As you […]

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2011
  • Opening Speech At The PAN Meeting In Dakar, Senegal

  • November 17, 2011
  • John Ralston Saul Visits Sierra Leones PEN Centre In Freetown

  • November Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • NOVEMBER 10, 2011 Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends, Sixteen years ago today, our colleague Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged by Nigerian officials for writing and speaking, and doing so persistently. I was in southern Tunisia with a group of writers and film makers when I heard the awful news. Many of us remember that day very […]

  • November 4th, 2011 – JRS Receives Honourary Doctorate from Nipissing University and Delivers Convocation Address
  • JRS Receives Honourary Doctorate from Nipissing University and Delivers Convocation Address

  • OCTOBER 12, 2011
  • Opening Speech Of The Weltempfang Centre At The Frankfurt Book Fair

  • October Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • OCTOBER 12, 2011 Dear friends, Dear PEN members,Those of you who were in Belgrade have had some time to report to your members. And all of you have received a fast, preliminary report from our Executive Director, Laura McVeigh – a very good new initiative. The cleared up resolutions have also gone out to you […]

  • South African PEN Protests At SA Government Treatment Of Dalai Lama Visa Application
  • OCTOBER 5, 2011 South African PEN protests at SA Government treatment of Dalai Lama visa application South African PEN is deeply concerned at the shameful manner in which the South African Government has dealt with an application for a visa to attend the private birthday party of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu by the renowned Tibetan […]

  • PEN International Assembly At The International Congress In Belgrade Approves The Girona Manifesto
  • SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today at PEN International’s 77th annual Congress the PEN General Assembly approved the Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights which calls for the protection and promotion of linguistic diversity. This Manifesto developed by PEN’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee is a significant step toward protecting and promoting all world languages, including those […]

  • PEN International Recognises Achievement Of 2010 Nobel Laureates At The Intl Congress
  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hundreds of writers, editors, translators and publishers from across the globe celebrate the achievement of 2010 Nobel Prizes by Mario Vargas Llosa and Liu Xiaobo and call for the release of Xiaobo and his wife. At PEN International’s 77th annual Congress in Belgrade today, delegates from over 80 […]

  • John Ralston Saul Delivers The Opening Speech At The 77th PEN International Congress In Belgrade
  • SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 Thank you Serbian PEN! Thank you Vida and thank you to all of your members. You have organized a wonderful Congress. People who attend have no idea how much work is involved and how many hours are taken up that could have been used for writing. So, a very personal thank you […]

  • September 13th, 2011 – Opening Ceremony Speech Of The 77th Annual PEN Congress In Belgrade, Serbia
  • Opening Ceremony Speech of 77th Annual PEN Congress in Belgrade, Serbia SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

  • Statement On Threatened Burning Of Copies Of The Koran On September 11
  • September 9, 2010—In response to the threatened burning of copies of the Koran in the United States on September 11, 2010, the president of International PEN, John Ralston Saul, has issued the following statement: There is only one religion of book burning. Whatever the book—a text from any religion, a novel, a philosophical treatise, a […]

  • September Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 Dear friends,I write this monthly letter from Tunis, where PEN Tunisia is rebuilding itself after the fall of the dictatorship. Naziha Rjiba, President of the Centre and Sihem Bensedrine, Secretary General, took terrible risks during Ben Ali’s time and suffered a great deal. The situation remains complex and fragile, but they are […]

  • Letter From President Of Norwegian PEN To His Colleague At American PEN About The Oslo Attacks
  • JULY 28, 2011 Following the terrible events in Norway, the President of Norwegian PEN, Anders Heger, has written the following letter describing the events to his friend Larry Siems at American PEN. Click here the following to read the letter

  • The Girona Manifesto
  • JULY 24, 2011 GIRONA MANIFESTO ON LINGUISTIC RIGHTS PEN International brings together the writers of the world. Fifteen years ago, the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights was first made public in Barcelona by PEN International’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee. Today, that same Committee, gathered together in Girona, declares a Manifesto of the Universal Declaration’s […]

  • PEN International Is Deeply Distressed By The Events In Oslo And Utoeya Island On 22 July 2011
  • JULY 26, 2011 Our thoughts are with Norwegian PEN, its members, our friends and supporters at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cities of Refuge Network, and Norwegian publishers as well as all the people of Norway. Norway’s tolerant and open-minded approach to the world and its deep commitment to human […]

  • John Ralston Saul Sends A Message To The Members Of The Independent Chinese PEN On Their 10th Anniversary
  • JULY 20, 2011 Dear Friends, Dear Members of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary. I am very sorry not to have been able to join you. However, it is good to know that Hori Takeaki, our International Secretary, is there representing all of us; as well as Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, International Vice-President; […]

  • July Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • JULY 15, 2011 Dear friends, Some two weeks ago all PEN Centres received a message from the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee telling you about The Girona Manifesto. I am following up in order to let you know how important I personally believe this initiative to be. Exactly 15 years ago the same Committee led […]

  • Liu Xiaobo – One Year Later
  • DECEMBER 12, 2011 One year ago, I sat in the great city hall of Oslo with hundreds of writers and other supporters of Liu Xiaobo from around the world. In spite of his absence, it was not a ceremony of sadness, or even of anger. There was a kind of fervour tied to the 2010 […]

  • Op-Ed: The Lethal War On Mexico’s Journalists
  • JUNE 3, 2011 Mexico’s human-rights rhetoric is second to none. It has been like this for a decade. The government has signed or ratified more than 20 human-rights treaties and considered more than 1,000 recommendations from various human-rights organizations. These fine words and political gestures contradict the failure of successive administrations to tackle the reality […]

  • JUNE 3, 2011
  • Op-Ed By John Ralston Saul At The Globe And Mail: The Lethal War On Mexicos Journalists

  • Watch John Ralston Saul Moderating A Panel And Giving A Speech At The Oslo Freedom Forum
  • MAY 10, 2011 John Ralston Saul moderates a panel on “Evolution of Censorship” Panelists: Mona Eltahawy, Gregory Shvedov, Jacob Mchangama, and Fernão Lara Mesquita. Watch the panel discussion here John Ralston Saul delivers a speech on “Censorship for Sale”. Watch the speech here.

  • Mexico’s National March For Justice And Peace With Dignity
  • MAY 7, 2011 On the occasion of the annual meeting of the PEN international Writers for Peace Committee, in the presence of the PEN International President, John Ralston Saul , and the International Secretary, Hori Takeaki, the following statement was approved: PEN International stands by Mexico’s National March for Justice and Peace with Dignity, which […]

  • Council Of Europe And PEN International Call For Stronger Protection Of Freedom Of Expression
  • MAY 2, 2011 The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the President of PEN International, John Ralston Saul, today made the following joint statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. They added that they are making this joint statement to express their concern over the growing threats to […]

  • PEN International Endorses Irish PEN Centre’s Campaign Against Ireland’s Blasphemy Laws
  • APRIL 28, 2011 PEN International strongly supports the repeal of Ireland’s Defamation Act of 2009 and an amendment to the Irish Constitution’s requirement that blasphemy be prohibited under Irish law. Click here to see full press release

  • August Monthly Letter From John Ralston Saul To The PEN Membership
  • AUGUST 15, 2011 Dear Friends,A number of PEN Centres have asked me to write a monthly letter to our members. This is one small part of our eternal challenge – how are 20,000 writers in more than 100 countries to keep in touch with each other?  We all hope that this will be helped by […]

  • PEN International Launches Publishers’ Circle With Leading Publishers
  • APRIL 5, 2011 On the eve of Free the Word! 2011 (6-10 April) and London International Book Fair (11-13 April) three of the world’s leading publishers, Hachette Livre, Penguin and Random House, have joined with PEN International to launch a new initiative – the PEN International Publishers’ Circle. The Publishers’ Circle will provide support for […]

  • PEN International Applauds Unanimous U.N. Accord Ending Push To Make Blasphemy A Crime
  • MARCH 31, 2011 London, UK, 31 March 2011—PEN International praises the U.N. Human Rights Council for its recent unanimous vote on the right of all individuals to practice religion, which ended a thirteen-year campaign by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to make blasphemy a crime. Click link to read full statement in English […]

  • Interview Published In Mumbai Mirror On John Ralston Saul’s Letter To Vice Chancellor Welukar
  • MARCH 12, 2011 Click below to see interview published in Mumbai Mirror on the topic of John Ralston Saul’s letter to Vice Chancellor Welukar. www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx

  • John Ralston Saul Sends A Letter To The Vice-Chancellor Of Mumbai University
  • MARCH 8, 2011 Please find attached a letter written by John Ralston Saul to Rejan Welukar, the Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University. The letter is in respect to the abrupt removal, in September 2010, of Rohinton Mistry’s novel Such a Long Journey from Mumbai University’s reading list. The context of this decision is an important challenge […]

  • Egypt PEN Releases Statement, Calls For Free Expression And Political And Economic Reform In Egypt
  • FEBRUARY 17, 2011 Egypt PEN reiterates its support for the Egyptian Youths’ Revolution and their calls for free expression along with political and economic reform. The first stage of this revolution is over. Before we move on this is the time to send our condolences to all those families whose children were sacrificed while struggling […]

  • Article By President Of Egyptian PEN On Freedom Of Expression In Egypt
  • FEBRUARY 7, 2011 Iqbal Baraka, President of Egyptian PEN, has written for the Cairo based Al Masry el Yom newspaper. You can find the full article, translated into English, on PEN International’s website here

  • John Ralson Saul Speaks To The Mark About Freedom Of Expression
  • FEBRUARY 7, 2011 John Ralston Saul recently sat down with The Mark to talk about freedom of expression, its place in society, and the situation in Egypt. View the video here.

  • PEN International Releases Statement On Developments In Middle East
  • JANUARY 31, 2011 31 January, 2011- In the wake of the welcome and peaceful move towards democracy in Tunisia, PEN International notes with great concern the violent response to antigovernment protests elsewhere in the region, notably Egypt, but also in Yemen and Syria. To access full statement click this link.

  • John Saul Speaks At
  • January 28, 2011 American PEN Centre’s “Working Day” celebrates the 25th Anniversary of PEN’s legendary 48th Congress in 1986 by revisiting the theme: “The Writer’s Imagination and the Imagination of the State: Writers Respond to What’s Gone Wrong and How to Fix Things.” Keynote addresses by the distinguished writers and thinkers include John Ralston Saul, […]

  • John Ralston Saul Attending Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony For Liu Xiaobo With PEN Leaders
  • DECEMBER 10, 2010 International President of International PEN, John Ralston Saul, has been invited to attend the Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony for Liu Xiaobo, former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre and this year’s winner of the prize.

  • John Ralston Saul Participates In Seminar Organized By PEN International And Amnesty (Oslo)
  • DECEMBER 10, 2010 John Ralston to participate as President of PEN International in seminar organized by PEN International and Amnesty International in the morning of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony for Liu Xiaobo. Other speakers include Martin-Liao Tienchi, President of Indipendent Chinese PEN Centre and Salil Shetty, International Secretary General of Amnesty International. This seminar […]

  • PEN International Releases Statement On Wikileaks
  • DECEMBER 10, 2010 On December 10, 2010, PEN International releases its statement on Wikleaks. To read full statement click here.

  • PEN International Reiterates Call To Release Liu Xiaobo As Nobel Peace Prize Awarded In Oslo
  • DECEMBER 9, 2010 OSLO, 9 December 2010 – Today in Oslo, PEN International has reiterated its call, echoed by writers, journalists and essayists, as well as political and civic leaders around the world, for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo, recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Click here to access press release.

  • John Ralston Saul Publishes “Liu Xiaobo And China’s Real Friends” In International Newspapers
  • DECEMBER 6, 2010 John Ralston Sauls’ article on Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned dissident writer and former President of the Chinese Indipendent PEN Centre, is published world-wide. Click links below to find article in various languages. Access English article published in the Globe and Mail. French edition published in Le […]

  • PEN International Commemorates 50 Years Of Its Writers In Prison Committee
  • NOVEMBER 15, 2010 The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International commemorates its fiftieth year in 2010, on the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer, and pays tribute to 41 writers around the world who have been killed in the last year. Please find press release here

  • Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Former President Of Independent Chinese PEN Centre
  • OCTOBER 8, 2010 PEN International calls on the People’s Republic of China to release the writer and academic Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Liu, currently serving an 11-year sentence in China, is a former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre. See PEN International’s press statement here

  • Former President Of PEN International Wins 2010 Nobel Prize For Literature
  • OCTOBER 7, 2010 Mario Vargas Llosa was named as this year’s Nobel literature laureate at a ceremony today in Sweden. Vargas Llosa has been an active member of PEN for many years and served as the organisation’s International President from 1976 – 79. See PEN International’s press statement here

  • PEN Congress Issues Resolutions On China, Iran, Mexico And South Africa
  • SEPTEMBER 31, 2010 The 76th Annual Congress of International PEN in Tokyo, Japan has issued resolutions on a number of countries. Please find links to four of them below. (all files are in PDF form) 76th Annual Congress of PEN International Resolution: China 76th Annual Congress of PEN International Resolution: Iran 76th Annual Congress of […]

  • Closing Press Release Of The 76th Annual International PEN Congress
  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 WORLD’S LEADING ADVOCATE FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONDEMNS IRAN, TAKES FORMAL ACTION AT CHINESE EMBASSY IN TOKYO, ELECTS FIRST ASIAN INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY More than 250 writers from several dozen countries, gathered in Tokyo for the 76th annual Congress of PEN International, expressed profound outrage at the sentencing yesterday of 35-year-old Iranian-Canadian blogger […]

  • John Ralston Saul Delivers Opening Ceremony Speech At The 76th Annual PEN International Congress
  • SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 PEN International meets in Tokyo to urge increased campaigning on behalf of silenced and imprisoned colleagues. Hundreds of writers from across the globe will gather from 25th September to 1st October at PEN’s 76th International Congress. John Ralston Saul delivers his Opening Ceremony Speech on September 26th at the Keio Plaza Hotel, […]

  • 76th International PEN Congress (Tokyo): Leading Writers Unite For Free Expression
  • SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 PEN International meets in Tokyo to urge increased campaigning on behalf of silenced and imprisoned colleagues. Hundreds of writers from across the globe will gather from 25th September to 1st October at PEN’s 76th International Congress. John Ralston Saul delivers his Opening Ceremony Speech on September 26th at the Keio Plaza Hotel, […]

  • September 26th, 2010 – Opening Ceremony Speech Of The 76th Annual PEN In Tokyo, Japan.
  • Opening Ceremony Speech Of The 76th Annual PEN In Tokyo, Japan.

  • John Ralston Saul Speaking On CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” About Geneva Panel Decision
  • SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 From CBC Radio’s website: “One side wants a law against defamation of religions. The other warns that any such legislation would do far more harm than good. And both sides are clearly ignoring that old adage: Never discuss religion or politics. In fact, both sides are discussing both. Today in Geneva, freedom-of-expression […]

  • Press Release Regarding Conclusion Of International Seminar On Religious Defamation
  • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 “At a panel held in conjunction with the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, writers and free-expression advocates from around the world today warned of the potential harm of imposing legal restrictions on expression considered offensive or defamatory to religions, arguing that such restrictions not only would do little to foster mutual […]

  • John Ralston Saul To Chair Panel Hosted By International PEN On Religious Defamation (Geneva)
  • SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 “Faith and Free Speech: Defamation of Religions and Freedom of Expression” An International Seminar and UN Side Event September 16, 2010 International PEN and its national centres are extremely concerned about ongoing processes in the United Nations aiming at combating defamation of religions. We are also concerned about the UN Ad Hoc […]

  • SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
  • Statement On Threatened Burning Of Copies Of The Koran

  • AUGUST 15, 2010
  • Article In The Globe And Mail, In Memory Of George Anglades

  • August 9, 2010 – JRS will speak to the Korean PEN membership (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Speech to Korean PEN (Seoul, South Korea)

  • June 17, 2010 – PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights conference, hosted by Catalan PEN (Barcelona)
  • PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights conference, hosted by Catalan PEN (Barcelona)

  • June 17, 2010 – June 18, 2010 – PEN Speech at the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights conference, hosted by Catalan PEN (Barcelona)
  • Annual Conference of the Committee of Translations and Linguistics Rights (Barcelona, Spain)

  • JUNE 5, 2012
  • Speech: John Ralston Saul On The Girona Manifesto At A Meeting With The Government Of Catalunya

  • June 4, 2010
  • PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense

  • June 4, 2010 – PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense (Ourense, Galicia)
  • PEN Meeting with José Luís Baltar Pumar, President of Ourense (Ourense, Galicia)

  • International PEN Mourns The Loss Of Georges Anglade
  • JANUARY 14, 2010 I have just learnt that Georges Anglade and his wife Mireille Neptune have been killed in the earth quake in Haiti. Georges was the founding President of PEN Haïti and a member of the Board of Quebec-PEN, a wonderful writer, a courageous man who had stood up to the enemies of free […]