PEN Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation and recognises that sovereignty of this land was never ceded.

PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign

November 15, 2023

PEN America and PEN Melbourne call to free Narges Mohammadi before the Nobel Prize ceremony.

November 30, 2023

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Behrouz Boochani and Kylie Moore-Gilbert

October 23, 2023

Assange play “Prisoner at the World’s End” at LaMama

November 11, 2023

McBride Trial Tests Australian Justice

November 13, 2023

OPT/Israel: PEN International condemns the systematic violations of freedom of expression since October 7

November 2, 2023

Worrying Updates on Narges and Nasrin from Iran Action Group

November 2, 2023

Monique Ryan: Assange is a test of US friendship

November 4, 2023

Iran: Nobel Peace winner Narges Mohammadi must be released immediately; plus a letter from her family

October 10, 2023
Shalom. Salaam. Peace.

Women Wage Peace – A Heartfelt Message from the PEN International Women Writers Committee on the Palestinian Israeli Conflict

October 24, 2023

PEN Journal 2023

October 10, 2023

Message from Aunty Pat Anderson AO, Co-Chair Uluru Dialogue

October 29, 2023

Pax Christi letter to the PM calling for “a Prime Minister who stood up for an Australian citizen”, Julian Assange.

October 29, 2023

Award Winning New Documentary THE TRUST FALL: JULIAN ASSANGE

August 30, 2023

Australian journalist Cheng Lei released from Chinese prison, arrives in Melbourne

October 17, 2023

China: Release citizen journalist Huang Qi

August 3, 2023

PEN Humanitarian Assange Appeal to British Consulate: Demonstration at Consulate, 12pm Tuesday, 22 August at 90 Collins St

August 21, 2023

Event: Whistleblowers and Wikileaks Collide with MC Sami Shah

July 24, 2023

UK/US: Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange close to extradition

June 21, 2023
Rapper Toomaj Imprisoned in Iran

IRAN: Toomaj Salehi Imprisoned for Music Supporting Protests

July 12, 2023
We stand with PEN Türkiye member MerdanYanardağ and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

Türkiye: Free PEN member Merdan Yanardağ

July 12, 2023

PEN America Condemns Transnational Repression of Chinese Political Cartoonist Badiucao in Poland

June 13, 2023

Ukraine: PEN International mourns the killing of writer and PEN Ukraine member Victoria Amelina

July 6, 2023

Myanmar: PEN mourns the passing of PEN Myanmar president, Nyi Pu Lay

July 6, 2023


June 8, 2023

Afghanistan: Poet Haseeb Ahrari is latest victim of the Taliban’s unrelenting crackdown on civil society

June 18, 2023

Julian Assange’s persecution has nothing to do with the law. It is a simple demonstration of the crushing power of the state, writes Craig Murray.

June 18, 2023


June 15, 2023
Urgent Call for Action

Update:Egypt: Poet Galal El-Behairy is at risk after 80 days on hunger strike

June 1, 2023
Why Join PEN?

Why Join PEN? (Articles) Jun 2023: Fifty-two words for snow by Paul Morgan

June 7, 2023

Myanmar Update: PEN member now serving 54-year prison sentence.

May 30, 2023
British Labour MP John McDonnell calls for Assange Inquiry

Judge orders the Crown Prosecution Service to come clean about the destruction of key documents on Julian Assange

June 2, 2023

Stella Assange at the Press Club and Hyde Park Rally

May 26, 2023

PEN International joins PEN Centres worldwide in call for release of Chinese writer and journalist Dong Yuyu

May 30, 2023
Jazz Money - yirawulin (Wiradjuri)

PEN International Video Poem Marathon 2023 in Indigenous and Minoritized Languages

May 3, 2023


March 21, 2023

Afghanistan: Arrest of girls’ education activist latest example of Taliban repression

April 6, 2023

PEN Melbourne Writers for Peace Committee: Can Arts Stop a Bullet?

April 27, 2023

PEN America’s Literary Gala May 18 to Honor Iranian Writer and Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi with PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award

May 18, 2023

The Persecution of Truth: Sun 1 – 5pm, livefeed will be added

April 26, 2023
Anything To Say?

Anything To Say? sculptures for freedom of expression, truth and a free press in Melbourne 7 & 8 March.

March 11, 2023
Türkiye: Wave of book bans

Türkiye: Over 100 journalists, lawyers and politicians were reportedly detained this morning across Türkiye and Wave of book bans and restrictions condemned 

April 26, 2023

A report on the UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 13, 2023

Film by Oscar nominee David Bradbury, The Road To War, at NOVA one screening only.

March 20, 2023
The Art of Resistance: Behrouz Boochani in Conversation

Listen to the Feb 13 recording of Behrouz Boochani’s last public appearance in Melbourne in conversation with Arnold Zable

March 11, 2023
More than 35 PEN Centers Worldwide Call On Iranian Authorities to End Campaign Against the IWA

PEN Network Welcomes Release of Iranian Writers Arash Ganji and Reza Khandan Mahabadi, Calls for Release of Other Members of the Iranian Writers’ Association

February 28, 2023

NICARAGUA: Authorities arbitrarily strip nationality and properties of PEN members, writers, journalists and critics forced into exile

February 21, 2023

PEN Melbourne members support for The Voice

February 21, 2023
Aida Amidi: I have to appear in court on February 19, 2023.

During the interrogations, I learned that I was arrested because of being a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) and the association’s statements in support of the protesters, especially women and the Kurdish people.

January 18, 2023
Nedim Türfent: FREED!

Editor, poet, and honorary PEN member Nedim Türfent released from prison

November 30, 2022

The tide is turning for Assange: PEN Update

January 8, 2023

The Belmarsh Tribunal: Video link

December 20, 2022

Philippines: PEN International and PEN Philippines call for urgent enquiry into killing of poet Ericson Acosta

December 3, 2022

Suzan Saka for the Turkish program Pirha News interviews PEN Melbourne committee member Mammad Aidani

November 17, 2022

Albanese Hansard, PEN M response &Jennifer Robinson at Press Club: TRANSCRIPT

November 30, 2022

PEN International and PEN Norway: urgent statement on arrest in Turkey of human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı.

October 31, 2022
Vietnam: Release Pham Doan Trang

Vietnam: Release author, journalist and activist, Pham Doan Trang

October 19, 2022


October 9, 2022

Wai Moe Naing on trial

October 3, 2022

Sami Shah on Blasphemy on International Blasphemy day.

September 30, 2022

International Hrant Dink Award Ceremony 2022

September 26, 2022

UN PEACE DAY RALLY: protecting peacemakers like Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.

September 21, 2022

PEN Melbourne joins voices around the world who defend freedom of expression in condemning the attack on author Salman Rushdie.

August 20, 2022

MWF in partnership with PEN : Writing Wrongs

September 14, 2022
Converge on Canberra for Assange

Converge On Canberra Rally Speeches

August 2, 2022
Australia, drop the prosecutions


July 12, 2022
Turkey: Meral Şimşek verdict expected

Turkey Update: verdict expected in trial of Kurdish PEN member and writer Meral Şimşek

September 21, 2022
Wheeler Centre: Celebrating 100 years of PEN

Together in Literature: 100 Years of PEN International

October 14, 2021
The Hate Speech Toolkit

The Hate Speech Toolkit

June 20, 2021
Analogue Iran by Ali MC; 300 words for truth by Mammad Aidani

PEN Connections

August 18, 2021