We’re back! And here’s what’s coming up…

Posted: October 13, 2013 in 2013-14, Events

It’s that time of the year again: the new academic year is well and truly underway and Oxford Student PEN has been catching up with existing members and welcoming many new ones. We were at the Freshers’ Fair this week, and held our start-of-year drinks at the Turl Street Kitchen last night. We have a fine array of events coming up this term – as ever, we’re offering space for debate and discussion, ongoing campaigning activity on behalf of writers around the world, and the fourth Poets for PEN night. Look out too for details of our screening of The Suffering Grasses, a film about the Syrian conflict.

First, let’s introduce ourselves. We are the Oxford Student PEN Committee 2013-14:

President: Helena Taylor

Secretary: Nico Hobhouse

Treasurer & Translations: Kevin Brazil

IT, Communications & Media: Rosie Lavan

And now, here’s what’s coming up:

WEEKLY LETTER-WRITING MEETINGS, Weds 12pm-1pm, HUB library
Campaign for writers and journalists at risk, and read and translate poetry from around the world.
2ND WK: CENSORING THE NEWS? Tuesday 22 October, 6pm to 7.30pm, Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College. Award-winning investigative journalist Peter Taylor discusses the politics, ethics and practicalities of the ‘broadcasting ban’, 25 years after its introduction in coverage of Northern Ireland and just months after the Home Secretary proposed its reintroduction in the reporting of Islamic extremism.
5TH WK: FILM SCREENING: THE SUFFERING GRASSESa film about the Syrian conflict by acclaimed director Iara Lee. £3 donation. Wednesday 13 November, 7pm- 9pm, Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building. This will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s production manager, Abdulwahab Tahhan. All proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières Syria Crisis Appeal.
7th WK: POETS FOR PEN. Saturday 30 November, 6pm to 8pm, Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College. Readings by Simon Altmann, David Constantine, and Hannah Sullivan
As ever, you can email us for more details on oxfordstudentpen@gmail.com, like us on Facebook for updates there, or simply come along to one of our events. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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