In 2010, PEN International looked back at 50 emblematic cases illustrating where and how and why the Writers in Prison Committee worked. PEN centres around the world participated and reported on events, their own work and campaigns on current cases. And they looked to the future, to see how the WiPC must evolve and adapt to meet new challenges. Because writers must speak their minds.
At 26 we paired each of the 50th anniversary writers with a writer from 26. The brief? To write 50 words, no more, no less, inspired by the life and work of the 50th anniversary writer. These 50 parcels of poetry, prose, meditation and agitation were posted online, day by day, through to the last day of Free the Word! festival in London on 18 April. 26:50 started on Saturday 27 February with 1960: Musine Kokalari. The project ended with an unnamed writer for 2010.