Top British stars gathered to raise £8,000 for a writing and human rights charity network, earlier this month, at the Kilburn Tricycle Theatre. Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Harriet Walter, Bill Patterson and Mathew Macfayden were among the celebrities to read from books that inspired the former and current president of the network.
“It is a great honour to be involved in this evening with two great writers who recognise the importance of supporting voices that are unheard and suppressed. As actors, we are indebted to writers for the significant role they play in our working lives,” said Patterson after the performance.
The stars read excerpts from Tolstoy, Salman Rushdie, Philip Rothman and Carol Ann Duffy, among others, in their own unique talent way in support of the English PEN Network.
Lisa Appignanesi was president of the network for 4 years before handing over her title to Gillian Slovo at the intimate but star-studded evening.
“Tonight is about sharing the great joy that literature can bring to our lives and I am fascinated to see the inspiring energy that it has created. PEN is about promoting the freedom to write and read and it has been an honour to lead this great effort,” said Appignanesi.