Cities of Refuge in the Catalan Counties
The ICORN Cities of Refuge give shelter to persecuted writers. Every writer who takes refuge symbolically represents all the other writers that live in hiding, under threat of persecution or who are imprisoned or silenced forever. ICORN makes a significant contribution to the promotion of freedom of expression through this process of hosting writers and providing them shelter and economic support for a period of two years.
These are the cities in the Catalan-speaking territories that have been a part of the international network since 2006:
The International City of Refuge Network (ICORN) has long been one of PEN International’s most important partners.
ICORN is an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity. The Protection team at PEN International’s headquarters in London collaborate closely with ICORN on their work with writers applying to join the programme, and many of our Centres support and help to host their local guest writer.