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Writings & Speeches

  • 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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  • 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 […]

  • 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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  • Tuesday Dec 2nd, 2014 – John Ralston Saul, on David Bergman’s ruling by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal.
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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. […]

  • 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 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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

  • FEBRUARY 3, 2012
  • Op-Ed By John Ralston Saul At The Globe And Mail: 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

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

  • 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

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

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

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