The International Pen Club, which brings together imaginative writers of most countries to discuss the problems they have in common, had its latest meeting in Yugoslavia, at the seaside resort of Portoroz near Trieste.
GV National flags flying outside hotel at Portoroz
GV Authors assembling outside hotel
MV Mrs Mihelic seated at table talking
MV Indian Mr Subramanyam seated
SCU German writer Boll
SCU Sec.Gen. Carver
MV (L to R) Assamoi (I.Coast) Coffin (Belgium) & Mlle. Thi Moai Thinh (S.Vietnam) pose
MV PAN Illyas (Hungary)
GV Presiding committee seated on rostrum
CU Writer listening
CU Austrian Fischer speaking
SV Authors & writers taking notes
Initials SGM/1323 SGM/1340
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Background: The International Pen Club, which brings together imaginative writers of most countries to discuss the problems they have in common, had its latest meeting in Yugoslavia, at the seaside resort of Portoroz near Trieste.
One hundred and fifty writers took part from 30 different countries. The meeting began on the 7th. of May, and was due to end on Wednesday the 12th.
The International Pen Club is in the 50th year of its existence.
SYNOPSIS: National flags of 30 nations flew at the seaside resort of Portoroz near Trieste in Yugoslavia last weekend, as the members of the International Pen Club gathered for one of their periodic meetings Mrs Mira Mihelic represented the host country, Yugoslavia.
Other leading writers on hand were the Indian N.K. Subramanyam and West Germany's Heinrich Boll.
Secretary-General is Englishman David Carver.
There were also writers from Africa, from Asia, and from a number of East European countries. A group of observers was present from the Soviet Union.
The Pan members were meeting this time for a Round Table session on the theme "Why Do We Write", and as always in an international grouping like this, there was some heated argument, not always about aesthetic matters.
A Soviet observer was heavily criticised for his attitude to the writer's commitment in the war novel.