Writers on Solidarity
Authors Tice Cin, So Mayer, Max Porter and Kit de Waal discuss writer-to-writer solidarity in an event chaired by Joelle Taylor, the poet and performer.
A hundred years since the inception of PEN as a ‘League of Nations for men and women of letters’, the panellists discuss the importance of standing together, the relevance of PEN today and share ideas for literary activism and dismantling barriers.
Produced in partnership with English PEN.
Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from north London. A London Writers Award-winner, her work has been commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and St Paul's Cathedral. Her novel Keeping the House, published in September 2021, explores the Turkish heroin trade in north London and the lives surrounding it.
Max Porter’s first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. His second novel, Lanny, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and his most recent novel, The Death of Francis Bacon, is published by Faber.
So Mayer is a writer, bookseller and organiser. Their most recent book is A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing, and they have recently contributed to In the Past the Future Was Better and On Relationships. They work with Burley Fisher Books, queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and community campaigners Raising Films.
Kit de Waal is the editor of Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers, and the co-founder of The Big Book Weekend. Her latest book of short stories, Supporting Cast, was published by Penguin in July 2020.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. Her new poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems is published in June 2021 by Westbourne Press. Taylor is the host and co-curator of poetry and music night Out-Spoken, currently resident here in our Purcell Room.
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