English PEN

Writers in Public

We want to bring the best writers working today - from the UK and all over the world - in touch with their readers. We aim to build new audiences for literature through exciting bookish events open to everyone. We want to ensure that anyone can attend our events through subsidised tickets.

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We are trying to solve the problem of access to literature, writers and books. Literature is an underfunded art form in the UK and needs organisations like English PEN to help boost it through live literature events around the UK. We would like to extend our literature programme across England, to ensure literature gets to as many different places as possible.


We will solve this problem through innovative live literature events, open to the public. The events are ticketed but we raise money to ensure we can give away at least 20 tickets per event to people who could not afford to attend otherwise. We also want to solve the problem by sourcing new technology to help us record our events - in audio and video format - and host them online. This means our events become nationally and internationally available.