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Theme: A room of one's own

Article

Role of women in Iranian science fiction and fantasy

Over the last two decades, the publication and sale of science fiction and fantasy literature has increased significantly in Iran. For a long time, these books have more or less only involved a male...
Text: Mina Talebli November 29 2018
Fiction

Letter to my niece

There are rights in Hong Kong that don’t exist in China, but these have been more and more eroded in later years. Tammy Ho Lai-ming, poet, editor and vice chairperson of PEN Hong Kong gives in a...
Text: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming November 29 2018
Fiction

Silent siege

Suzanne Ibrahim is a well-known Syrian poet, author and journalist. The everyday life and rights of women have dominated her writing and journalistic work. She left Syria in 2018 after having been...
Text: Suzanne Ibrahim November 29 2018
Article

Go back to your house

The author, publisher and critic Fereshteh Ahmadi’s states in her essay that “vagueness” is a keyword for the understanding of contemporary stories by Iranian female authors. What is the situation for...
Text: Fereshteh Ahmadi November 29 2018
Article

PEN International Women’s Manifesto

On International Women’s Day, 8 th March 2018, PEN International launched a historical women’s manifesto as a part of PEN’s effort to combat the silencing of female authors. The manifesto was...
Text: PEN International November 29 2018
Poetry

Gazing at an empty mirror

Sahar Mousa is a Palestinian poet and writer. She published on Facebook during the wars in Gaza in 2008 and 2012, a series of articles that received attention. The articles led to death threats from...
Text: Sahar Mousa November 29 2018
Interview

One year with the PEN International Women’s Manifesto

The PEN International Women’s Manifesto is now a year old. It has during this year been circulated round the world. The important message has been welcomed by literature and publishing circles and has...
Text: Tanja Tuma November 29 2018
Article

When we become silent

In later years, violations of citizens’ and political rights have escalated dramatically in Bangladesh. Media is increasingly under pressure and the authorities fail in the protection of minorities,...
Text: Supriti Dhar November 29 2018
Fiction

When I entered a poetry competition

“In 1988, a curse fell on my family when I was born: I was a female in a traditional family that was very religious and had Bedouin origins.” This is how the architect and poet Doaa Abou Shaghibeh...
Text: Doaa Abou Shaghibeh November 29 2018

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