Finding humour in tense anxious situations has been the forte of award-winning and acclaimed author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif. While he has been under flak in his own country, Pakistan, after the aforesaid book was translated to Urdu, he had been invited to Hong Kong to give the PEN ( Poets, Essayists, Novelists) Hong Kong Literature & Human Rights lecture at Hong Kong University.
In a report published this year based on an interview at that time, we are told he had a tough time making it across the violence to the talk which needed to be rescheduled. Said a frazzled Hanif: “I’d rather have running water and safe streets, I’d rather have boring normality. If that means dull literature, I’ll happily make that bargain.” Read more
THE PHILIPPINE Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold the Davao leg of its literature-teaching training workshop series, “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” on Aug. 22 and 23 in Davao City
PEN’s partners in the workshop are Ateneo de Davao University and the literature teachers’ organization, Samahan ng mga Guro ng Panitikan sa Davao.
The Davao workshop will focus on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines. It will be held at F213, second floor, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao, Roxas Avenue, Davao City.
The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on July 28 (Monday), from 8:30am to 6:00 pm, at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. Read more
Sir Salman Rushdie, acclaimed author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses, has been named the recipient of this year’s Pen Pinter prize.
The award was established in 2009 by writers’ charity English Pen in memory of British writer Harold Pinter.
Sir Salman said it was “very moving” to win an award named after his “friend”. Read more
English PEN is pleased to announce that the PEN Translates! grants programme is now open for submissions. This grant is part of our Writers in Translation programme. Grants covering up to 75% of translation costs are available for works translated into English.
If you are interested in applying, you will find more information online including theApplication Form and detailed Guidance for Applicants (which includes eligibility guidelines).
The deadline for applications is Friday 6th December.