What is PEN
Belarusian PEN Centre is a representative of PEN International. It is an association of writers
which speaks in support of writers’ rights, takes part in the world literary process and promotes
Past presidents of Belarusian PEN Centre were Ryhor Baradulin, Vasil Bykau, Lyavon
Barshcheuski, Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu. The current president is Andrej Khadanovich. Uladzimir
Arlou, Ales Razanau, Ales Bialiatski are among the members of Belarusian PEN Centre.
Belarusian PEN Centre is one of the founders of the Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award, the Maksim
Bahdanovich Debut Award, Ales Adamovich Award and Frantsishak Bahushevich Award. It
organizes annual contests of young writers and supports Belarusian book publishing.