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Rest in Peace: Ronnie Govender (1934 – 2021)

It was with enormous sorrow that the board of PEN South Africa learned of the passing of South African activist, playwright and author, Ronnie Govender on the 29th April 2021. Throughout the Apartheid era, Ronnie Govender campaigned tirelessly for racial...

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Rest in Peace: Jonathan Ball (1951 – 2021)

It was with great sadness that the board of PEN South Africa learned of the passing of the remarkable South African publisher, Jonathan Ball, on April 3rd 2021.  Jonathan’s storied career- from his first job at Collier-Macmillan, to his launching...

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Rest in Peace: Nadia Goetham

It was with great sadness that the board of PEN South Africa learned of the passing of beloved South African book publisher, Nadia Goetham. Nadia’s passion for local literature, her championing of debut authors and her resolute  commitment to diversifying...

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They walked together

At PEN South Africa we focus on the relationship between freedom and expression, believing that the one cannot exist fully without the other. We understand freedom of expression as the right to be able to write, think and exchange ideas,...

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They walked together


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