Members of the Perth literary community will gather at the Centre for Stories to read selections of the work of writers who have been or are detained. This is intended to recognise the continued restraints on freedom of expression all over the world.
We will feature the work of the following writers: Behrouz Boochani (indefinitely detained for seeking asylum, Manus Island); Zehra Dogan (convicted of 'propagandising for a terrorist organisation', Turkey); Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh 'Mother Mushroom' (convicted of 'conducting propaganda', Vietnam); Dareen Tatour (convicted on charges of 'incitement to violence and support for terror organizations', Israel); Liu Xia (recently released, formally held under house arrest for eight years after never being accused or convicted of any crime, China); Liu Xiaobo (died in custody in 2017, detained for 'inciting subversion of state power', China); and, Razan Zaitouneh (missing since 2013, suspected forced disappearance and feared dead for documenting human rights violations by the Syrian government, Syria).
Helping us give voice to these writers will be Rebekah Craggs, Kirsti Melville and Rok Riley. More readers to be announced soon!
PEN Perth is a local chapter of PEN International, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the release of wrongfully imprisoned writers and advocates for the responsible freedom of expression. PEN Perth are currently seeking new members! For more information please visit www.penperth.org
*Illustration of Liu Xiaobo, who is the author of many texts including No Enemies, No Hatred (2012), in which this event is named after.
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