Honours and awards: Membership of the International Writers’ Association, Ohio

The International Writers’ Association, based in Ohio, USA, was founded in 1978 by Teresinka Pereira, who was Professor Emerita of Languages at Bluffton College, Ohio, and a published poet. The IWA was founded to promote the goal of understanding, friendship and literature/art exchange across the continents. It promoted creative and critical thinking in literature and art, and defended reason, science, freedom of inquiry and ethical alternatives.

The membership extended to around 1,350 persons in 125 different countries, and included Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberto Menchu, former President of Brazil Dr Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Cuba Fidel Castro and Professor Noam Chomsky.

I was admitted as a member of the IWA in 2003.