In association with the University of Nottingham, We are pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed author and political commentator Elif Shafak will give our second annual lecture at the Djanogly Art Gallery Rotunda in Nottingham on the 27 June 2018.

The lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share their ideas and promote Nottingham city’s wide-ranging expertise on international literature, literacy and the wider creative economy to a variety of audiences nationally and internationally.

In her lecture Elif Shafak will talk about literature in the context of gender equality and reflect on the individual and multi-layered experiences of women. She will about talk about what reading means to her in her private and professional life and delve into how it plays a role not just in enabling choice and action, but also in helping us to understand the perspective of others.

Sandeep Mahal (Director, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature) said: “It’s completely brilliant that Elif has agreed to deliver the second UNESCO City of Literature Lecture. It will undoubtedly be cutting edge, and consolidate what we believe is an important event in Nottingham’s annual cultural calendar. We look forward to hearing Elif’s views on how we can build a fairer society, and how this relates to our own mission of building a better world with words.”

This lecture is part of Feminist Book Fortnight, a national celebration of feminist books initiated by Five Leaves Bookshop and taking place from 16th-30th June.

Jane Anger from Five Leaves Bookshop said: “There has been an explosion of new feminist publishing in the last 2- 3 years. Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laura Bates, Mary Beard, Laurie Penny, Rebecca Solnit, 404Ink,and many others have become bestsellers. There has also been much analysis and comment about what gets published by whom and what is reviewed and by whom. We are delighted to have Elif Shafak as part of a national celebration highlighting the diversity of feminist books over 2 weeks in June.” 

About Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator, an academic and inspirational public speaker. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of IstanbulThe Forty Rules of Love and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been published in 48 languages.

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