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Walking The Walk: Practical Activism

Walking The Walk: Practical Activism

Online Discussion. Friday 22nd October at 7pm

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Panel discussion between Irish PEN, No Small Talk and Freedom to Write, presented by Irish PEN, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Smashing Times


Lia Mills, Chair of Irish PEN

Maria McManus, Freedom to Write

Sophia Hillan, No Small Talk

Celia de Fréine, No Small Talk

Event Details

Panel members will give an introduction to the national and international work being done by Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann in response to escalating threats to human rights around the world. The panel will discuss the work of Freedom to Write (a sub-committee of Irish PEN/PEN na h Éireann) in response to threats to freedom of expression both at home and abroad. They will explore the threats to journalists on this island, as well as the imprisonment and harassment of Freedom to Write’s four chosen writers in countries such as Turkey, China, India and Peru.

Panellists will also discuss the recent research undertaken by No Small Talk, another sub-committee of Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann, which was established in response to the hostility and polarisation in public discourse around Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, No Small Talk seeks to understand the challenges faced by indigenous languages on these islands and to fight for linguistic rights.

The panel will outline the relationships that Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann is currently developing with the other PEN Centres on these islands, as well as its involvement in worldwide campaigns run by PEN International.

This event is part of the Creative Connections project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The event is also funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

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