The mighty PEN

by | Apr 25, 2007 | Blog, Improve your writing | 0 comments

Having just today paid my membership dues for the Sydney branch of PEN, the international association of writers working to “advance literature, defend free expression, and foster literary fellowship”, I am thrilled to report on an event I attended tonight as part of the PEN World Voices festival of international literature here in New York.

My friend Madeleine came with me to gorge on a buffet of readings from a stellar cast of writers. Introduced by Salman Rushdie, the theme of “Writing Home” was addressed by writer/comic Steve Martin (a hilarious extract from his forthcoming memoir), followed by others including Don DeLillo, youngest ever Booker prize-winner Kiran Desai, Mr Sandman himself Neil Gaiman, Nobel Prize recipient Nadine Gordimer, and a reading from Mr Rushdie himself to close out the night. It was jaw-dropping to see and hear these writers in person, all on the same stage, on the same night.

This festival is directed by former Sydney Writers’ Festival Director Caro Llewellyn.

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