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42 writers

Posted in detention without charge by ukliberty on November 10, 2008

Liberty has created a website called, which is a powerful collection of essays, poems, and stories by 42 contemporary writers, including Ian Rankin, Philip Pullman and Ali Smith.

We are relieved that the House of Lords have struck down the proposal to hold people without charge for 42 days, but the Home Secretary has made it clear that the Government may try to bring back this dangerous and unnecessary measure.

Including new and published works, 42 Writers is a moving and thought-provoking anthology, and its themes of voicelessness, captivity and persecution will resonate with readers even after the political storm has passed. We’d be very grateful if you would take a look at the website and consider linking to it.

Alec Patton
Volunteer, Liberty

Particularly chilling, I think, is A.L. Kennedy’s contribution. Rachel North’s is especially powerful because she was in a Tube train carriage in which a bomb was detonated on 7 July 2005. Phillip Pullman points out that six weeks is in fact a long time in which great things have been done. Hari Kunzru suggests that my time is rather more important than yours. Ali Smith has some useful instructions.


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