The PEN Pinter Prize 2014
When: Thu 9 Oct 2014, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5
This year’s PEN/Pinter Prize will be awarded to Salman Rushdie. A limited edition booklet his acceptance speech will be published by Faber and Faber and copies will be available for the audience. Ian McEwan will introduce the prize ceremony and actor Satya Bhabha will give a reading from Midnight’s Children.
The PEN/Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the worldwide writers’ association and freedom of expression charity English PEN in memory of Nobel-laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The prize is awarded annually to a British writer or writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit, who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Literature Prize speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination...to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.’ Salman Rushdie was selected by this year’s judges Michael Billington, Simon Jenkins, Kamila Shamsie, Antonia Fraser and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.
The prize will be shared with an International Writer of Courage: a writer who has been intimidated for speaking out about their beliefs, selected by Salman Rushdie in association with English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee. The co-winner will be announced at the event, where they will accept their prize alongside Salman Rushdie.