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About SA Pen

Originally PEN stood for Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, and Novelists. A leading voice of literature, PEN now brings together poets, novelists, essayists, historians, playwrights, critics, translators, editors, journalists and screenwriters in a common concern for the craft and art of writing and a commitment to freedom of expression through the written word. Through its 145 Centres in more than 104 countries, PEN operates on all six continents. The SA PEN Centre (PEN Club) is a branch of International PEN Club.

Qualification for membership of SA PEN is a recognised position as a published writer (normally two literary works published, or more) or a person deemed by the committee to be recognised as of sufficient standing, and is by invitation only. The committee is the final judge of any candidate for election to the PEN Club. A candidate for membership is also required to agree to subscribe to the PEN Charter. Please forward your CV to

SA PEN Executive Committee:

Margie Orford (President), Mandla Langa (Executive Vice-President), Professor Geoffrey Haresnape (Vice-President),
Dr. Raymond Louw (Vice-President), Tim Anderson, Carole Bloch, Dolores Fleischer (Hon. Treasurer), Dr. Justin Fox, Jeremy Lawrence, Dr. Adré Marshall, Mervyn Sloman, Deborah Horn-Botha (Secretarial Services)
Co-opted members: Gabeba Baderoon, Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, Mike van Graan or


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