Authors including Kazuo Ishiguro, Carol Ann Duffy and Philippe Sands have called for charges against the Booker prize-shortlisted writer Tsitsi Dangarembga to be dropped ahead of her latest appearance in a Zimbabwe court this week on charges of intent to incite public violence, saying that any other conclusion would be “an outrage”. The Guardian reports that Duffy, the former UK poet laureate, said she hoped the support from writers in the UK would provide “some comfort and solidarity”, and urged the UK ambassador Melanie Robinson “to urgently pass on this support and concern to the Zimbabwe government”. Author and president of English PEN, Philippe Sands, meanwhile added that Dangarembga “is entitled to be a peaceful protester, to assemble and express her views, entirely free from fear of arrest or persecution”.