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    English PEN Burma event

    by Sunny on 11th October, 2007 at 4:18 pm    

    Stand in solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and the writers of Burma
    English PEN event Thursday 25 October, 7pm

    We have watched aghast while the Burmese people have courageously demonstrated against repression and suffered the brutal consequences. New arrests are made every day, and the true number of the detained and disappeared remains unknown. The Myanmar authorities are withholding information about the location of these political prisoners, as well as the charges and conditions they are facing.

    PEN knows of at least six journalists and poets who were arrested as a result of organising or reporting the protests. They join a large number of writers who have been imprisoned, harassed and persecuted for decades, many of whom continue, despite the odds, to smuggle out their pro-democracy opinions – including poetry expressing their personal concern for one another. It is time to stand in solidarity with them and support their right to freedom of expression.

    On Thursday 25 October at 7pm English PEN is hosting an evening dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi and other writers who are voices of conscience in Burma. New English translations of their work will be read alongside their remarkable personal stories and previously unseen film footage of interviews with Burmese writers will be shown, including the last interview with the admired comedian and poet Zargana, filmed before he was arrested last month. The event will also be an opportunity to hear the views of Burmese exiles and some of Britain’s leading writers on the recent protests in Burma. It will close with the signing of an open letter of support to Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Speakers and readers include:
    John Pilger, journalist and human rights campaigner
    Benedict Rogers, expert on Burma
    Pascal Khoo Thwe, the acclaimed Burmese novelist
    Justin Wintle, Aung San Suu Kyi’s most recent biographer
    Maureen Lipman, long dedicated to the Burmese cause
    Zoya Phan, Burma Campaign UK spokeswoman
    Melissa Benn, novelist and journalist

    All proceeds will go to support English PEN’s Writers in Prison Programme and to directly benefit Burmese writers now in exile or under threat.

    Time: Thursday 25 October - 7pm
    Venue: Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
    Tickets: £10 members, £12.50 non-members

    Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine after the talk, courtesy of Waitrose Wine

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    1. Have Coffee Will Write — on 13th October, 2007 at 7:02 am  

      […] to act What is this world regarding Burma? “The Imprisoned Soul Of Burma (Myanmar)” English PEN Burma event Inside Myanmar: The Crackdown - 10 Oct 07 - Part 1 Going Down Burma Road […]

    2. GOOD MORNING MYANMAR… — on 16th October, 2007 at 3:37 pm  

      […] to act What is this world regarding Burma? “The Imprisoned Soul Of Burma (Myanmar)” English PEN Burma event Inside Myanmar: The Crackdown - 10 Oct 07 - Part 1 Going Down Burma Road […]

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