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Beyond Bars

Beyond Bars
50 Years of the PEN Writers in Prison Committee

December 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This issue of Index on Censorship magazine is available for purchase as an individual volume.

From Russia to Burma to Mexico, writers are silenced for expressing their views. To mark fifty years of solidarity with imprisoned and persecuted writers around the world, English PEN and Index on Censorship are collaborating on this special issue, asking journalists, novelists, playwrights, poets and translators to assess what unique role writers can play in supporting their colleagues around the world. They look at the impact that imprisonment and persecution has on literature -- and ask what challenges writers continue to face today. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Lydia Cacho and Maureen Freely.

Index on Censorship is an award-winning magazine, devoted to protecting and promoting free expression. International in outlook, outspoken in comment, Index on Censorship reports on free expression violations around the world, publishes banned writing and shines a light on vital free expression issues through original, challenging and intelligent commentary and analysis, publishing some of the world's finest writers. Each issue is available for purchase separately, as well as on subscription.

Natasha Schmidt
Tom Stoppard
Letters from the outside
A line to the writers in prison

Carole Seymour-Jones
Power of the pen
Fifty years of defending writers

Moris Farhi
On Faraj Sarkoohi

Maureen Freely
Two for the Road
Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller in Turkey

Anne Sebba
Survival in prison
Bearing witness

Mohamed Nasheed
Language under arrest
A new language of freedom

Michael Scammell
Dialogue with death
Arthur Koestler and prison

Margaret Atwood
Don't tell us what to say
The freedom to write

Martin Rowson
Lisa Appignanesi
Words without borders
The importance of looking closer to home

Lydia Cacho
Reluctant Heroes
Writing in the limelight

Ngugi Wa Thiongo
A licence to write
From classroom to clampdown

Ronald Deibert
The shape of things to come
Bloggers under threat

William Boyd
On Ken Saro-Wiwa

Lewis Medjo
Writing Wrongs
Life in a Cameroon Jail

Ania Corless
On Uzbekistan

Salil Tripathi
Lone star
The battle to protect universal rights continues

Antonia Fraser
On Irina Ratushinskaya

Val Warner
Not forgotten
Léster Luis González Pentón and the Black Spring prisoners

Fifty Years, Fifty Writers
Supporting writers around the world 1960-2010


Jo Glanville

Jo Glanville is Director of English PEN and joined the organization in September 2012 from Index on Censorship, where she served as an award-winning Editor since 2006.  More About Author

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