PEN CANADA

PEN CANADA
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  • PEN Canada
  • By: Katarina Bozic & Celina Cong
  • in 1921 London, England, poet & playwright Mrs. C.A. Dawson Scott regularly invites other writers to share ideas and socialize over dinner.
  • After the devastation of World War I, we writers must unite to express ourselves!
  • Later, in other European countries...
  • What is this I hear of a "Poets, Essayists & Novelists" club in London? Shall we start one here in France?
  • Oui Oui!
  • C.A. Dawson Scott would end up being the co-founder of PEN along with Jon Galsworthy, who would serve as the first president.
  • Let's make a nongovernmental organization to promote intellectual co-operation among writers and defend our profession against external threats!
  • Freedom of expression shall prevail! We shall fight against censorship and free persecuted writers living in prison or exile!
  • 5 years later, in Montreal,Quebec...
  • Did you hear? We now have our very own Centre quebecois du PEN!
  • Wow! I can't wait to be a member!
  • Welcome, everyone, especially our new Canadians, to your annual International PEN Congress! This year we're in Tokyo and the theme of this conference is: "The Environment and Literature..."
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