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A PEN Melbourne event to acknowledge women writers who are silenced in Iran, Turkey, China, and Myanmar.

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At this International Women’s Day event we gather to acknowledge women writers who are silenced and persecuted around the world. We will share their stories with you and read some of their work.

This event celebrates the life and work of Judith Rodriguez, beloved long-time member of PEN, leader, and poet.

Good company and Refreshments. $10 entry. Book tickets at this link:

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International