A Little Introduction to Cambridge PEN

Jamie Osborn 6 October 2014

Here at TCS Books we are very excited about our new project for the upcoming term! We've joined up with Cambridge PEN and are looking for people to review international literature promoted by PEN. Here's a little bit more information about the society itself:

Cambridge PEN campaigns for human rights for writers, journalists, bloggers – anyone who has something to say and is persecuted by those who do not want to hear them. We run events to raise awareness of the situation of oppressed writers, hold readings, and send petitions and letters of support to show solidarity with those who are denied free expression. We believe this is hugely important to students, who not only live by learning from and freely challenging the ideas of others, but deserve the right to express their own opinions. We actively encourage the exchange of ideas by hosting debates and thought-provoking talks – previous events have included discussion on how governments control journalists, with BBC World Service journalist Owen Bennett-Jones, and an intimate and powerful evening of conversation with the exiled Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov.

Cambridge PEN is all about removing the barriers to literature, and this includes supporting literature in translation. We believe that readers and writers should not be held back from communicating urgent ideas or stories by linguistic obstacles any more than by political ones. So much of the best literature in the world – from throughout history and being published right now – comes, not surprisingly, from around the world. Which is why we’ve teamed up with TCS to offer the opportunity to read and review some of that literature.

Find out more about Cambridge PEN at https://www.facebook.com/officialcambridgeunipen or email jo345@cam.ac.uk, including to sign up for our mailing list.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved with this collaboration, please email Ru Merritt at books@tcs.cam.ac.uk