Freedom of speech and expression is a right that we often take for granted in the UK. Worldwide, private citizens and journalists alike are imprisoned for acting upon the right to have an opinion, an identity, as it does not align with what their governments perceive as an acceptable point of view.
The Imprisoned Writers Series focuses on the stories of those whose right to freedom of speech and expression has been violated, and as a result they have been incarcerated, or are otherwise unable to speak out in person.
The Imprisoned Writers Series reminds us that Notable authors who have read for Amnesty International include Iain Banks, David Almond and Scottish PEN Writer, Jenni Fagan. Both Almond and Fagan are returning to the festival this year, with Fagan chairing on our ‘Writers at Risk’ segment on August 15th, and Almond reading for our ‘Living Through Conflict’ segment on August 24th.
The Imprisoned Writers Series reminds us that behind every refugee, every prisoner, every victim, there is a name and a story. What we witness on the news, or read about online, distracts us from the fact that we are all human beings that deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of our beliefs, race, gender, sexuality or ability. It reminds us of our privilege, the things we take for granted in Britain, and how we can help to bring justice for those who deserve it.
We invite you to join us for one of the most important events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, providing you with the opportunity to learn more about Human Rights from our wonderful line-up of readers.
You can also download the handouts for each day below. These give a brief introduction to the readings and readers, and include a call to action from Amnesty International.