Writers at Liberty
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
There will be revenge
but it will be different from yours...
Girls are coming out of the woods,
wrapped in cloaks and hoods...
Liberty is human rights, with a small h and a small r, running alongside the capitals...
It was the fact of what happened.
It stood before us like a locked dimension...
Stop! Search your heart.
Ask yourself what is your real motivation...
A robin, a cage.
Three years into our bitterly contested Egyptian revolution I understand better than ever...