Make Space

a new campaign from PEN International


PEN International’s Make Space campaign aims to create opportunities for writers who have experienced forced displacement or are living in exile. We’ll be doing this through publications, events, advocacy, community organising, and digital action. Through this work, we hope to generate better cross-cultural understanding and an interrogation of what it is to host displaced communities in resettlement settings; challenge stereotypes around exile and asylum; and redress a societal imbalance that too often means writers who have experienced displacement face marginalisation or discrimination.



Join hundreds of writers from around the world by signing our Mission Statement. Check back here soon and keep your eyes peeled for more ways to make a difference and get your voice heard.


Our Make Space bookshelf will always feature a mix of new and established writers we think you should be reading, sharing, and talking about.

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Our projects see Make Space in action in our communities of writers, readers, publishers, and the general public. Through workshops, events, discussions, residencies, and more, we’re making things happen to celebrate the voices of brilliant writers, interrogate prejudice, and generate empathy and understanding in civil society. Click through some of our featured projects to find out more.

Refugee Hosts

PEN International are official partners on the  Refugee Hosts project. This AHRC-ESRC funded PaCCS project supported through the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, aims to improveMore
ICORN & PEN in Partnership

The International City of Refuge Network (ICORN) has long been one of PEN International's most important partners. ICORN is an independent organisation ofMore
FreeTheWord – live literary events

FreeThe Word is PEN International's live literary event series, taking place in our centres all around the world, as well as at festivals, book fairs,More
Talking Doorsteps

PEN International is partnering with Roundhouse London on the 2016 - 2017 Talking Doorsteps project, which works withMore