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The University of East London’s English PEN Group, is a student-led subgroup of English PEN. Founded in 1921, and now one of the oldest human rights groups still in existence, English PEN has attracted some of the greatest writers across the 20th and 21st centuries in their campaign for free expression. English PEN is the founding centre of the worldwide writers’ association PEN International with 145 centres in more than 100 countries, campaigning to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk. It campaigns for prisoners of conscience around the world who have been imprisoned for exercising these freedoms. PEN works to remove inequalities, where they exist, which prevent people’s enjoyment and learning from literature; and match writers with marginalized groups such as people in prisons in the UK, in refugee or detention centres and young people in disadvantaged areas, opening minds to reading and creative writing. Founded in May 2013 by four Creative & Professional Writing students, the UEL PEN subgroup are looking for committee members from all academic backgrounds and years to join us - all you need to have is an interest in freedom of expression and human rights, a willingness to get involved and be passionate, and a savvy head on your shoulders. Please email us if you're interested on uelenglishpen@gmail.com

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