The first project is a re-launch of the PEN Atlas, an initiative of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme. Correspondents from around the world will post regular news and comment from the literary scenes in other countries.
Ros Schwartz, English PEN Trustee and Chair of the Writers in Translation Programme, said:
"We are delighted to be commissioning these literary despatches from all over the world. The amount of foreign literature published in English is far too low. We hope the PEN Atlas will inspire literature lovers to sample new writing from other countries, and encourage publishers to bring that writing to the British market."
The PEN Atlas is edited by Tasja Dorkofikis (former commissioning editor at Portobello Books). New articles will be published online every Thursday. The first despatch is by Athens-based writer Gazmend Kapllani, who writes on how authors are trying to continue writing while the economy collapses around them.
The first despatch is Writing In A City That’s Collapsing by Gazmend Kapllani.