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Make Space Campaign: World Refugee Day 2018

June 21, 2019 IN WIP
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On World Refugee Day 2018 we are highlighting our campaign, Make Space, on displaced and exiled writers.

At PEN Melbourne we have been supporting Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer, and asylum seeker, detained by Australia for years now.

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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