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Lemn Sissay and Befeqadu Hailu share 2019 PEN Pinter prize

Lemn Sissay and Befeqadu Hailu share 2019 PEN Pinter prize



British poet Sissay names persecuted Ethiopian writer and activist as this year’s ‘international writer of courage’The poet Lemn Sissay has won the PEN Pinter award alongside the Egyptian writer Befeqadu Hailu, who dedicated his award “to all those who use their voices for the voiceless”.Hailu, a writer, activist and co-founder of the blogging platform Zone 9, has been jailed four times for his work, although never convicted of the charges brought against him. Under the motto “we blog because we care”, Zone 9 sets out to create a space for freedom of expression, where individuals can speak out against human rights violations in Ethiopia. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/11/lemn-sissay-and-befeqadu-hailu-share-2019-pen-pinter-prize

Author : Alison Flood

Publish date : 2019-10-11 14:09:36

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