Partner city: Barcelona

The Catalan PEN is our partner in Barcelona for the Shahrazad project.

 

The Catalan PEN is an association of writers created in 1922, a year after English writer CA Dawson Scott founded the English PEN Centre in London. Taking the initials of the English words "Poets, Essayists, Novelists", Dawson created PEN with the desire that it would be a place of debate for writers. Currently, there are about 140 PEN centres around the world connected to each other through PEN International based in London. The boundaries of PEN centres are not set by the political margins of the member states, but each centre is grouped around a particular language and literature.

 

Since its founding, the Catalan PEN has become a platform for the international projection of literature and writers of Catalan-speaking regions.This has been done internationally through its active involvement in the activities of PEN International, mainly the defence of freedom of expression and freedom of ideas, as well as the protection of cultural and linguistic heritage of individuals and peoples.

 

Refuge Writer Programme


The Catalan PEN, with the support of the Catalan Government through the Catalan Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Municipality of Barcelona and Foundations Caixa de Sabadell and Caixa de Girona, has launched the Refuge Writer Programme. This programme aims to accommodate, for a maximum period of two years, a writer threatened, persecuted or at risk of being imprisoned as a result of his or her writing.

 

Precedents


Barcelona was one of the first cities to integrate the former Network of Cities of Asylum, founded in 1994 by the International Parliament of Writers, and legally dissolved in 2005 because of various matters of legal and bureaucratic nature. During that period, Barcelona hosted two writers: the Albanian Bashkim Shehu and the Cuban Rolando Sanchez Mejias. Sabadell also joined the network and gave asylum to the Congolese filmmaker Gilbert Nsangata and the Cuban writer Rogelio Saunders.

 

On May 24, 2001, the Parliament of Catalonia declared Catalonia as a community of shelter, and committed to give refuge to persecuted writers.

Latest news Barcelona

ICORN and Shahrazad goes to Tokyo!

On Wednesday 29 October at 17:30, ICORN will be present at a meeting in Tokyo on how to prepare the foundation for cities of refuge for persecuted writers in Japan and Oceania.

Sihem Bensedrine officially presented as Barcelona's new ICORN Guest Writer

On the 23rd of March Catalan PEN officially presented Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian writer, journalist and human rights activist, as the new Barcelona Guest Writer at a press conference. Members of the Government of Catalonia and of the Barcelona City Council joined Ms. Dolors Oller, Chair of Catalan PEN, and Ms. Raffaella Salierno, Director of the Refuge Writer Programme, to welcome the new guest writer.

Pen Català Week in Palma

15 Nov 2010 - 00:00
19 Nov 2010 - 23:59
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Monday, 15 November 2010

Roundtable discussion:
The word that burns fire
Participants:
Bartomeu Fiol
Rhodah Mashavave
Margalida Pons
Maite Salord

Moderator:
Carles Cabrera

International Day of the Imprisoned Writer - Agramunt

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00
14 Nov 2010 - 13:30
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4th Meeting of Writers for Peace in honour of the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
The limits on freedom of expression
Roundtable discussion
Participants:
Sihem Bensedrine


The storyteller

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will bring you new and exciting tales told by writers persecuted and silenced in their own homelands.

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will bring you new and exciting tales told by writers persecuted and silenced in their own homelands. Many are living as guest writers in a city of refuge.
Profile projects

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations based in six European Cities of Refuge.

Shahrazad: Stories for Life will programme a cluster of events throughout the project period, including readings, debates, workshops and activities in various cultural arenas across Europe. To find out what’s happening in your area, check the calendar and news.
Partner Cities

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations...

Shahrazad: Stories for Life is a collaboration between six different organisations based in six European Cities of Refuge: Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Norwich, Stockholm and Stavanger. While each city offers different approaches and different strengths, we all work for freedom of expression and for literature.
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