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Your Right to Write, Your Right to Speak

Tuesday December 10, 2019
18:00 - 19:00
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“The pen is mightier than the sword”

(Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839)

Or is it?

The Perth PEN Centre is one of 150 centres worldwide and the international organisation will soon celebrate its centenary. But what is an organisation named after a pen? And just what does it do? Why does it have a place in Perth?

Please come along to an open discussion with Dennis Haskell and Krishna Sen about these questions. Marcella Polain will then share some of PEN’s writers in prison work and some brief details about writers in prison currently supported by PEN International.



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Dennis Haskell

Dennis Haskell is an Australian critic, poet and academic. His key areas of research are Australian Literature, Poetry from the Medieval period to the present, Creative Writing, South-east Asian Writing in English, Literary Modernism (1890-1939), Modernism and after, and Post-colonial.

Professor Krishna Sen

Professor Krishna Sen graduated from the University of Calcutta with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History. She is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Indonesian and media studies and is fluent in several South and Southeast Asian languages.

Marcella Polain

Marcella Polain was born in Singapore and immigrated to Australia at the age of two with her Irish father and Armenian mother. She writes poetry, narrative fiction and lyric essays; her work has been published nationally and internationally, and in translation.

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
The Centre is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth Busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. The Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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