Dunedin poet David Howard writes in to say:
I don't presume to know what other New Zealanders think - I leave that to the Prime Minister - but you might be interested in this initiative on behalf of Edward Snowden. Currently the only New Zealand reading is at Otago University, where I have been fortunate to receive support from the National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies and Otago Continuing Education. But there must be people elsewhere who would like to organise a reading. If you know of any then please forward this to them:
Edward Snowden (2013)
Date: 19 July 2014 4:39:11 AM NZST
Subject: Worldwide Reading for Edward Snowden on September 8th 2014
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
we are calling on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about freedom and civil rights to participate in a worldwide reading of texts about surveillance in support of Edward Snowden, on 8th September 2014. The appeal is available in several languages so it can be supported worldwide: http://www.worldwide-reading.com/archiv-en/08-09-2014-worldwide-reading-for-edward-snowden/aufruf.
Attached to this email you will find the poster for the worldwide reading demanding liberty and recognition for Edward Snowden. If you like you can print it out and use it for your reading. We are pleased to announce that over 200 international authors have confirmed their support and participation.
The texts to be read are based on interviews and statements from Edward Snowden. Here are some of them:
We would be more than pleased if you could spread the word through your city. Take responsibility and make a statement. The support of local radio stations would also be very much appreciated. All texts for the reading will be available from July 30th on our website www.worldwide-reading.com. Please contact the ilb if you would like to participate. The email address is: email@example.com
Warmest wishes, Team ilb
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The international literature festival berlin is an event organized by the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V. It is supported by the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin. The international literature festival berlin is a guest of the Berliner Festspiele.
David Howard (2012)