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Free Expression in an Age of Terrorism

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
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Dennis Haskell and Centre for Stories are currently determining the level of interest amongst the WA writing community in setting up Perth PEN. A Perth PEN will focus on human rights issues in our region. We invite you to a thought provoking panel on Human Rights Day to ponder the question : 'Are words on trial in the age of terrorism ?'  Our speakers are :

Professor Krishna Sen graduated from the University of Calcutta with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History. She completed a Masters in International Relations from Jadavpur University and a PhD in Politics from Monash University in Melbourne. She is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Indonesian and media studies and is fluent in several South and Southeast Asian languages. She has acted as a consultant to major international agencies on Human Rights in Indonesia.

Kevin de Souza graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1986. In 1987 Kevin was arrested and detained without trail by the Singapore Government for being part of what the Government called a Marxist plot.  Kevin migrated to Australia and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 2005. He was previously a committee member of the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme in Singapore and was a Board Member of Case for Refugees, an organisation providing legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Western Australia. He is currently a volunteer lawyer with the Perth Branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau, a community legal organisation.  He was previously the Vice President of the Australian Eurasian Association of Western Australia and was also involved with Amnesty International.

The event will be facilitated by former ABC journalist Anna Forrest a passionate  human rights and social justice advocate.

If you are an activist,  poet, publisher, editor, proof reader, journalist, author or involved in writing in some way please come along. Following the panel discussion we will determine the level of interest in setting up PEN Perth.

Dennis Haskell is a poet, editor and literary scholar, the author of over twenty books. He is the recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the A A Phillips Prize for a distinguished contribution to Australian literature, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Western Australia and is a Member of the Order of Australia for “services to literature, particularly poetry, to education and to intercultural understanding”. He was President of Perth PEN when the old Centre existed, and is currently a member of the Board of writingWA.

PEN is a non profit network that seeks to protect the rights of writers and work to safeguard freedom of expression. They are involved in letter writing campaigns for writers who are in prison; they host debates on a variety of topics; they run events about writing itself. This meeting is to determine the level of interest in forming a group in Perth dedicated to such a program. For more information come along and please read this and visit PEN International and Sydney PEN.

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