Des de 1922, defensem la llibertat d'expressió i els drets lingüístics, salvaguardem el patrimoni literari català i promovem el diàleg intercultural.
Since 2006, PEN Català has coordinated the Writers In Refuge Programme. This programme, with its roots in the Shelter Cities programme which was promoted by the International Parliament of Writers, aims to host a writer who is threatened, persecuted or at risk of being imprisoned as a consequence of their writing.
PEN Català promotes literary translation to overcome the linguistic barrier that prevents understanding between people and cultures. It works for both the promotion of Catalan literature in the world and to support the translation of universal literary works into Catalan. It is within this framework that the digital magazine Visat is published.
PEN is committed to the respect of all languages, and the protection and promotion of minority languages. PEN's central and guiding principles on linguistic rights are laid out in the Girona Manifesto, promoted by PEN Català.
PEN Català monitors human rights violations against writers, editors, translators and journalists around the world and organises campaigns to support them.
You can become a full member if you are a writer in any field, journalist, editor or translator and share the founding values of PEN.
If you are not a writer and want to join the defense of languages and freedom of expression, you can be part of the Circle of Friends of PEN.
Help us continue to defend language and freedom of expression.
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Since its foundation, PEN Català has been a platform which projects writers and literature from the Catalan-speaking territories onto the international stage. This has been done through its active participation in the objectives of PEN International, namely in defence of freedom of expression and the struggle to free all persecuted writers.
In 1922, one year after C. A. Dawson Scott founded PEN international in London, M. López-Picó and Carles Riba founded PEN Català, with the former acting as its first president. Subsequent presidents include Pompeu Fabra, Josep Carner, J.V. Foix, Joan Oliver, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, Jordi Sarsanedas, Dolors Oller and Carme Arenas. Currently, Àngels Gregori holds the presidency.
PEN International is the only world-wide writers’ organisation. Its objective is to promote both cooperation and intellectual understanding among writers in order to highlight the role literature plays in the development of culture in the world. At the same time, PEN is committed to defending it against any threat to its survival presented by modern life. As international cultural cooperation in the field of literature and the development of understanding cannot exist without freedom of expression, PEN acts as a powerful voice that opposes political censorship and speaks up for writers that suffer persecution, imprisonment and even murder, solely for expressing their opinions.
PEN International is a strictly non-political organisation that has a consultative status in both UNESCO and the group of UN organisations. It is made up of more than 150 centres situated in nearly 100 countries and membership is open to all writers who have published, regardless of nationality, culture, colour or religion. Each centre in every country works as an autonomous cultural and intellectual organization: they organise conferences and seminars independently and all centres are linked by means of PEN’s international secretariat based in London.
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