PEN International is the world's leading association of writers, working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. PEN was founded by the British poet, playwright and peace activist C.A. Dawson-Scott, as an international club providing space for writers to share ideas and as a forum, uniting writers irrespective of their culture, language or political opinion. Today PEN International connects an international community of writers from its Secretariat in London, spanning over 100 countries, with 149 PEN Centres worldwide.
As well as their important campaigns to promote literature and freedom of expression, PEN International are also a leading promoter of literary translation. Numerous grants are available for publishers of works in translation through the 'PEN Promotes' scheme. PEN also runs translation competitions such as the recent 'Close Approximations' translation contest, and is responsible for the publication of numerous titles and anthologies.
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You can find out more about the work of PEN International on their website here. As a charity, PEN International rely on the generosity of supporters, and there are a number of ways to donate. An interesting concept is their 'Reader's Circle', where subscribers pay a fee to support the work of PEN International and become part of a community of like-minded supporters. PEN International also offer a Writer's Circle, Publisher's Circle and Screen Circle. Find out more about the circles here, and about donating to PEN International here. I also recommend you sign up for email updates to be notified of important campaigns and calls to action.
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