Edinburgh’s tribute to Liu Xiaobo
Find out more about Nobel peace price winner at Edinburgh’s Writers’ Museum.
Today a ceremony is being held in Norway to acknowledge Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo being chosen as Nobel peace prize winner.
The democracy activist remains imprisoned, so his absence at the ceremony in Oslo will be marked with an empty chair. Live coverage of the awards can be followed at this link.
Last month I went along to the Edinburgh Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close, to see the opening of a new exhibition about imprisoned writers. It too has a symbolic empty chair.
In the video below, Drew Campbell of Scottish PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, Novelists) explains why Liu Xiaobo is a key part of the exhibition.
Scottish PEN arranged the exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of International PEN’s writers in prison committee.
Its members have campaigned to free thousands of imprisoned writers on every continent, from unknown journalists to world famous names such as Salman Rushdie, Vaclav Havel, and Anna Politkovskaya.
The imprisoned writers exhibition will be on display at the Writers’ Museum Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm until April 2011 and admission is free.