PEN Perth is a local chapter of PEN International, a non-profit organisation that works at the intersection of writing and politics. In particular, PEN campaigns for the release of wrongfully imprisoned writers and advocate for the responsible freedom of expression. PEN International was started in London in 1921 and now has one hundred and fifty centres around the world including three in Australia and many more in our region.
PEN Perth is a broad-minded group with active members from across the political spectrum who work together for a better society. Its activities include letter writing campaigns; talks, conversations and lectures; and, attendance of meetings here and overseas. PEN Perth aims to raise the consciousness of the public and encourage a world where writers are free to express themselves, responsibly and respectfully.
Australian Short Story Festival
The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form.
The festival is held on a rotating basis between the cities of Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.