London weather update: lashings of rain mixed with occasional bursts of blinding sunlight. In other words, a perfect day (figuratively at least) for the start of a festival with the theme of Heaven and Earth. Come to think of it, almost any day in London is the perfect day for such a theme. Well chosen, PEN programmers!
Free the Word! gets underway at 7.30pm this evening at Shakespeare's Globe. Some tickets are still available for the opening event, 'Beyond Faith and Reason' which features Nadine Gordimer, Tariq Ali, Samir El-youssef and Tahmina Anam reading from and discussing their work.