“These 50 words were written for 26:50 – a creative partnership between 26 and PEN, marking fifty years of the International PEN Writers in Prison Committee. I was paired with Ali Lmrabet, a journalist and editor from Morocco who was imprisoned in 2003 for ‘undermining the monarchy’ by way of comments in his satirical publication, Demain. A sad casualty of a dated regime, Ali had his sentence increased and fought his way through a hunger strike to eventually receive a royal pardon. Find out more about the project here.
26 is a diverse group of people who share a love of words, and believe their potential is hugely underestimated. Many of us work with words for a living, as writers, language specialists, editors, designers or publishers, but anyone who cares about words is welcome to join. Together, we hope to raise the profile and value of words not only in business, but also in everyday life.”