Meet the residents: Mimi Mefo and Zehra Doğan in conversation | Free Word

10 June 2019
18:30 - 21:00

Presented by:
English PEN


An evening with English PEN's current writers in residence

Join us for an evening with English PEN’s current writers in residence, Mimi Mefo and Zehra Doğan, in conversation with English PEN Director Antonia Byatt.

English PEN’s residency programme for international writers is an extension of our long-standing work in support of writers around the world, through our campaigns, translation and public event programmes.

We’re delighted to invite PEN members and supporters to come and hear more from our extraordinary resident writers about their lives and work.

10 June 2019
18:30 - 21:00

English PEN


Mimi Mefo


Mimi is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist from Cameroon. In April 2018, she became the first-ever woman editor-in-chief of the English service of theprivate media house, Equinoxe TV and Radio, where she had worked as a reporter for several years. In September 2018, Mimi established her own news platform, Mimi Mefo Info, seeking to provide fellow Cameroonians and readers throughout the world with information about the escalating violence and unrest in Cameroon’s western regions. As a result of her reporting, Mimi has faced death threats, online harassment and physical surveillance. In November 2018, she was arrested and imprisoned, after reporting on the killing of Wesco Trumann, an American missionary, by the military in the North West region of Cameroon. She was released four days later, following unprecedented national and international pressure.

Zehra Doğan

Journalist and Artist

Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan is the founding editor of the all-female news agency Jin News Agency (JİNHA), one of the many media outlets to have been closed in Turkey in the wake of the failed coup in 2016. Zehra herself was also among themany journalists to be arrested and imprisoned, serving almost three years in prison in Turkey on charges of ‘propagandising for a terrorist organisation’ in relation to her work. A key case of concern to PEN throughout her time in detention, Zehra was finally released from prison in February 2019.

Onur Erem


Antonia Byatt

Director of English PEN



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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