The PEN Poem Relay – the Olympics of freedom of expression – is in full swing en route to Beijing for August. The poem “June” by imprisoned Chinese journalist and poet Shi Tao has now been translated into more than 90 languages. The poem is spreading around the world, country to country, language to language, in the spirit of international cooperation symbolised by the Olympics.
Right now the poem is in Fujian, a region of China known for its linguistic diversity. On the PEN Poem Relay website you can hear the poem being read in your choice of languages and find out more about this amazing global event.
PEN is an international organisation that advocates for freedom of expression and promotes friendship and cooperation among writers. I am a proud member of the Sydney chapter and part of its management committee.