Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Writers at Risk Gallery

in association with English PEN

On November 15 last year, international writers' organisation PEN highlighted the cases of five writers who were victims of persecution. Two on the list – Miroslava Breach Velducea who was murdered in Mexico in 2017 and Dawit Isaak who disappeared in Eritrea 17 years ago – are no longer able to speak for themselves. The other three – Oleg Sentsov, Wael Abbas and Shahidul Alam (since released), were imprisoned in Russia, Egypt and Bangladesh respectively. They are but a small sample of 700 to 900 cases of persecution – ranging from forced exile and hiding to death threats and murder – against authors every year. This year Brighton Festival showcases a handful of authors still writing in very precarious circumstances wherever they are in the world in our ‘Writers at Risk’ Gallery.

Sat 4 – Sun 26 May
Free (check opening times at before visiting)