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English PEN student group perform at King’s31 Mar 2010, PR 71/10
Last night (30 March), the inaugural English PEN student group, based at King’s, put on a performance of ‘Another Sky: Voices of Conscience from Around the World’, in the Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus.
The script comprises extracts from the anthology of the same name, which is published by English PEN. All of the writing is by imprisoned writers throughout the world, with whom PEN have worked.
English PEN is a registered charity working to promote literature and human rights. From defending the rights of persecuted writers to promoting literature in translation and running writing workshops in schools, English PEN seeks to promote literature as a means of greater understanding between the world’s people.
The script was first performed at the launch of the anthology, held at The National Theatre in 2007 and featured Michael Palin, William Boyd and Fiona Shaw. The student group, who performed last night, breathed new life into it as part of the Writers in Prison Committee’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The performance was directed by Abbie Bergstrom (third-year English Literature) and Susie Christensen (MA in English Literature: 1850-the present). The cast comprises six English students, and one Law student.
Abbie Bergstrom says: ‘It has been such a wonderful opportunity for me to direct this performance. I am so glad that King’s has established the student PEN group, enabling students to get involved in projects such as this.’
Second-year English student Mirabelle Walley says: ‘I have really enjoyed getting involved with PEN through the group here at King’s. I am hoping to continue my connection with them through taking up the Writers in Translation internship at PEN.’
Notes to editors
English PEN is a registered charity (number 1125610), working to promote literature and human rights. From defending the rights of persecuted writers to promoting literature in translation and running writing workshops in schools, English PEN seeks to promote literature as a means of greater understanding between the world’s people. English PEN’s work is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, donors and members. http://www.englishpen.org/
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