Sydney PEN recently hosted the first of its 'Free Voices' program in a packed session at the Sydney Writers' Festival on 19 May 2012.
The talk featured Antony Loewenstein, the Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. His speech discussed what it means to have restraints on freedom of expression, to be a writer and reader in a human rights framework, in the context of Sydney PEN's cornerstone belief: freedom to write, freedom to read.
This address was the first of a series of lectures Sydney PEN will run in 2012-13 as part of the Free Voices: Freedom of Expression in a Time of Complacency series, with funds kindly granted by Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).
Antony's bestselling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, was shortlisted for the 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and this was followed by The Blogging Revolution, both titles now in translation. He is co-editor, with Jeff Sparrow, of Left Turn, and is working on a book about disaster capitalism. Antony is a research associate at the UTS Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.
In other recent news: Sydney PEN is delighted to welcome new Executive Officer Amy Drewe, who will be working from the PEN office in Building 3, Level4, Mondays-Wednesdays.