10.03.09 Katie Coyne reporting in The Bookseller
World literature festival ‘Free the Word!’ featuring writers from around the globe and organised by International PEN is to return to London for its second anniversary.
For the first time the event will have work and events for children and their families, which will come under the heading ‘Felt Pen’. Free the Word! will also present the first public performance of Malawian writer and poet, Jack Mapanje’s, debut play The President’s Tobacco.
Sir Tom Stoppard, International PEN author advocate, said the event was an opportunity to, "make sparks across the divide between national literatures".