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46th International Writers' Meeting

46th International Writers' Meeting

Bled, Slovenia, 7th to 10th May 2014

 

The themes of the round tables:

“A Farewell to Arms?” The 1st World War in literature

"Do we live in war or peace?” - cultural and political consequences of the Great War.

 

This year we are introducing a novelty, i.e. a festival of literature for peace entitled Faces of Peace – A Farewell to Arms in several towns of Slovenia.

 

For more details please contact Slovene PEN: slopen@guest.arnes.si




45th International Writers' Meeting

45th International Writers' Meeting

Bled, 8th to 12th of May 2013


Round tables:

Literary Creation, from the Periphery to the Centre
The Writer as a Traveller Creating Peace facing the Challenges of teh New Media

Panel discussion:
The Role of PEN Today and in the Future

Workshop:
Digital Freedom, Peace and Conflict - PEN's Declaration on DIgital Freedom



44th International Writers' Meeting - Bled 2012

This year's 44th International "Bled Meeting" will be held in Bled, Slovenia from 16th to 20th May 2012.

The Slovene PEN centre and the Writers for Peace Commitee of International PEN propose to discuss the following themes:

1. Transformation – new paths or the decline of Western rational civilization
2. Perennial modernity
3. Sharing with others, a path to peace


The general idea and directions for the round tables can be found here: 1st round table 2nd rt2nd round table 3rd rt3rd round table

 

Members of PEN Centres who would like to participate at the conference, are requested to fill in the registration form and send it to before April the 15th 2012 to: slopen@guest.arnes.si

 

Participants are invited to read at literary evenings organized in ten different Slovene towns!

Provisional programme:pg



Adopted at the 79th World PEN Congress in Reykjavik, September 2013
Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee
PEN International,the world’s leading association of writers, promotes a culture of peace based on freedom of expression, dialogue, and exchange. PEN is dedicated to linguistic and cultural diversity and to the vibrancy of languages and their cultures whether spoken by many or few.  PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee has therefore approved this Manifesto calling for the universal right to peace, based on the Lugano Declaration for Peace and Freedom (1987), on the  Appeal of Linz Protesting Against the Degradation of the Environment (2009)  and on the Belgrade Declaration of the Writers for Peace Committee, approved at the 77th Congress of PEN International (September 2011).1. All individuals and peoples have a right to peace and this right should be recognised by the United Nations as a universal human right. 2. PEN promotes discussion and dialogue between writers from countries in conflict and across regions of the world where wounds are open and political will is unable to address tensions. 3. PEN seeks to bring together people from around the world through literature and discussion amongst writers and with the broad public. 4. PEN considers one of the world’s greatest challenges to be the transition from violence to debate, discussion and dialogue. We aim to be active participants in this progress promoting where necessary the principles of international law. 5. In order to achieve the conditions for peace, freedom of expression and creativity in all its forms must be respected and protected as a fundamental right so long as it respects all other basic human rights in accordance with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.6. PEN acknowledges that it is of primary importance to be permanently committed to creating conditions that can lead to ending conflicts of all kinds. There is neither freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom; social and political justice is inaccessible without peace and freedom. 7. In order to achieve sustainable conditions for peace, PEN calls for the respect of the environment in conformity with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992). We condemn the excesses of technology and financial speculation that contribute to the impoverishment of a large part of the world’s population.  8.  PEN respects and defends the dignity of all human beings. PEN opposes injustice and violence wherever they are found, including oppression, colonisation, illegal occupation and terrorism.  9. In accordance with the principles of freedom of expression and justice, every individual or group involved in conflict has the right to demand non-violent solutions to conflict and should be free to petition and appeal to  international institutions and government authorities. 10. All children have the right to receive a comprehensive peace and human rights education.  PEN promotes the implementation of this right.
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