We asked 80 writers to compose a piece on the theme of Liberty. Here are the results.See moreless

Writers, as the poet Jo Shapcott has said, are what might be called Liberty's natural constituency. Writers have to be at liberty, since both expression and the issues of the freedom of that expression, are at the core of writing anything.

Today these liberties are under increased threat, both locally and globally, not just for writers, but for everybody. And not just in pressurised times, but all of the time, Liberty, an organisation that's never been politically partisan, simply protects human rights and civil liberties.

As writers, we celebrate and endorse the past 80 years and the vital presence now and in the future of an organisation which has, since its start, been formed, informed and understood by writers – at liberty, for liberty.

Simon Prosser and Ali Smith

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Chloe Aridjis
Chloe Aridjis

Cages come in all shapes and sizes. Some are portable, others fixed in place...

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John Berger
John Berger

Mi Guapo,

Went to see your mother. All things considered, she’s not bad...

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Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow

I was suckled on the Asimov Robots books, taken down off my father’s bookshelf and enjoyed again and again...

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Anne Donovan
Anne Donovan

The tar stuck tae the soles of wur shoes it was that hot. The march went on for miles, couldnae see the endy it...

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Bernardine Evaristo
Bernardine Evaristo

Facebook Profile No 1...

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Michel Faber

This Friday night, like every other Friday night, Jimmy, Colin, Michelle and Pet meet each other at the usual street corner...

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Janice Galloway
Janice Galloway

when no one asks awkward questions we turn into..

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Niven Govinden
Niven Govinden

There’s a reason why they called you rather than someone else...

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M.J Hyland

We go through an entrance at the side of the cop station...

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Alison MacLeod
Alison MacLeod

Everywhere in Tottenham that evening, you could smell summer...

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Sabrina Mahfouz

Once upon a time there was a child called Libby...

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Tiffany Murray

When Dieter Sugar backed out of the long shed that edged the Hall’s red gardens...

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Catherine O’Flynn
Catherine O’Flynn

Irfan was run over by a van outside the shop...

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Shyama Perera
Shyama Perera

Albert watched the van make its way slowly down the High Road. It stopped outside Londis, where he’d just picked up a sandwich for his lunch...

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Ross Raisin
Ross Raisin

Her sister is still trying on perfumes in the duty-free shop...

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James Robertson
James Robertson

I was in my office at the back of the house and had just finished doing my emails when the doorbell rang...

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Kamila Shamsie
Kamila Shamsie

Immediately after they overthrew the government, the people gathered outside the Tower...

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Nikesh Shukla

‘What do black people use as toothbrush?’ Uncle Rakesh asks Raju, giggling...

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Hardeep Singh Kohli
Hardeep Singh Kohli

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A simple letter placed at the end of a twelve syllable text message...

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Craig Taylor
Craig Taylor

‘You missed a call,’ she said when he returned to the table. She motioned to the phone next to his glass...

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While government watches you, who watches the government?