THE SOUTH AFRICAN CENTRE OFPEN INTERNATIONALA World Association of Writers
P O Box 732, Constantia, 7848, Cape Town Nonprofit Organisation Registration Number 069-564-NPOSARS Tax Exemption Reference No. PBO930031735
ABOUT SA PEN
PEN is a non-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free expression andencouraging literature. We live by a strong PEN Charter which champions the ideal of "one humanity livingin peace in one world". Is this not an ideal to uphold for all people on all continents, including Africa?Write! Africa Write! becomes a call for African writers to say what they wish to say and to eschew thedivisions of the past in favour of the idea of one humanity living in peace on one continent. Originally PENstood for Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, and Novelists.
A leading voice of literature,
PEN nowbrings 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 commitmentto freedom of expression through the written word
. Through its 146 Centres in more than 100 countries,International PEN operates on all six continents. The South African PEN Centre (SA PEN) is an English-speaking branch of International PEN, and was initially established in the 1950s as the “PEN club”.Qualification for membership of SA PEN is a recognised position as a published writer (one literary work published, or more) or a person deemed by the committee to be recognised as of sufficient standing. Thecommittee is the final judge of any candidate for election to SA PEN. A candidate for membership is alsorequired to agree to subscribe to the PEN Charter - copy below.
If you are in agreement with the PEN Charter and would like become a member of SA PEN pleasesend information regarding your publication/s (your literary “CV”) to The SA PEN Secretary email@example.com P O Box 732, Constantia, 7848.
The 2012/2013 annual membership subscription is R180,00 per annum for any member in the Randmonetary area. For members outside this area dues amount to US$100,00 - to cover foreign exchange andother cost implications. These dues, renewable every October, help to cover administrative costs and thedues to be paid to PEN International annually. The rest of our expenses are covered by funds which weraise from donors who believe in and are interested in our work.
Benefits of membership include
: receiving a regular e-newsletter, invitations to fellow members’ book launches, invitations to SA PEN events, notification of forthcoming fellowships and awards, assistance in publicising member’s publications on the SA PEN website and knowing that by joining PEN you arecontributing to advancing our mission.
WRITE! AFRICA WRITE!
SA PEN Executive Committee
Anthony Fleischer (President), Margie Orford (Executive Vice-President), Professor Geoffrey Haresnape (Vice-President),Dr. Raymond Louw (Vice-President), Tim Anderson, Dolores Fleischer (Hon. Treasurer), Dr. Justin Fox, Mandla Langa, Jeremy Lawrence,Dr. Adré Marshall, Dr. Marie Philip, Deborah Horn-Botha (Secretarial Services)