Free speaking and writing

The power to provoke

By Hanif Kureishi

This lecture was given by Hanif Kureishi as winner of the PEN/Pinter Prize at the British Library on October 20 2010. PEN is an international writers’ association which works to promote literature and defend free expression. The prize is shared with an international writer of courage selected by English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee, and will be presented this year to the Mexican journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho.