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PEN Perth is based at the Centre for Stories at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge. If you would like more information about PEN Perth please contact us at info@penperth.org




WE WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND THAT PEN PERTH IS LOCATED ON, THE WHADJUK PEOPLE. WE RESPECT THEIR CULTURE AND THE CONTINUING CONTRIBUTION THEY MAKE TO THE LIFE OF THIS CITY AND THIS REGION.



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We are currently inviting new memberships and existing membership renewals for the 2019-20 year.

Membership to PEN is about participating in a community of fellow writers who are concerned with politics and the freedom of expression. Membership allows you to vote at the annual general meeting, attend PEN International Congress, contribute to the discussion and direction of PEN Perth, participate in local letter-writing evenings, and receive campaign alerts to take action. You might occasionally receive discounts on our tickets, but membership is not transactional in an economic sense, it’s about supporting an non-profit organisation you believe in.

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019, from 5.30-6.15pm at the Centre for Stories. We invite all members to attend. 

We encourage members and non-members alike to come to our events, participate in our campaigns, write a letter to a government on behalf of an imprisoned writer, follow us on social media or simply subscribe to keep up to date on our work.

To become a Member of PEN Perth you must fill in a membership form, sign the PEN Charter, and pay an annual membership fee ($80 full / $40 concession). Linked here is a membership form (for new members) and here is a renewal form (for existing members) containing all the information you need on how to join or continue your existing membership for the next twelve months.

The Pen Charter


The PEN Charter documents the core beliefs of the organisation, which each member must sign up to and support. They are a short statement of where PEN stands on the main issues that matter to us. Read them and get in touch if you have any questions.

PEN affirms that:

  • Literature knows no frontiers and must remain common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals.

  • In all circumstances, and particularly in time of war, works of art, the patrimony of humanity at large, should be left untouched by national or political passion.

  • Members of PEN should at all times use what influence they have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect between nations and people; they pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel all hatreds and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace and equality in one world.

  • PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible. PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organised political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.