BFDay21 Festival: Speaking Truth to Power: Elif Shafak in Conversation with Patrice Lawrence, Sat 16 Oct 2021, 6-7.30pm
BFDay21 Festival: Speaking Truth to Power: Elif Shafak in Conversation with Patrice Lawrence, Sat 16 Oct 2021, 6-7.30pm
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BFDay21 Festival: Speaking Truth to Power: Elif Shafak in Conversation with Patrice Lawrence, Sat 16 Oct 2021, 6-7.30pm

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ONLINE SALES CLOSED. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR @ ST PETER DE BEAUVOIR FROM 10.30 AM SAT 16 OCT

Speaking Truth to Power: Elif Shafak in Conversation with Patrice Lawrence

Saturday 16 October 2021, 6-7.30pm
St Peter De Beauvoir Town, Northchurch Terrace, Hackney, London N1 4DA

Part of BFDay21, Burley Fisher's celebration of indie lit, 15-16 Oct 2021. You can also buy an early bird weekend pass for £40, which includes this event. 

Your purchase confirmation email will act as your ticket: just bring along the email, your name and/or your booking reference on the day.

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“Knowledge requires reading. Books. In-depth analyses. Investigative journalism. Then there is wisdom, which connects the mind and the heart, activates emotional intelligence, expands empathy. For that we need stories and storytelling.”
— Elif Shafak, How to Stay Sane in An Age of Division

Addressing activist histories, the persuasive and emancipatory potential of reading and writing, the defence of freedom of expression, and the challenge of ‘how to stay sane in an age of division’ (to quote the title of Shafak’s recent, urgent pamphlet), Elif Shafak, author of the Booker-shortlisted 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World and the brand-new The Island of Missing Trees will bring her unique perspectives to this conversation with award-winning YA novelist Patrice Lawrence: two formidable writers and orators, progressive public intellectuals and women of colour breaking boundaries in the public sphere.

Your purchase confirmation email will act as your ticket: just bring along the email, your name and/or your booking reference on the day.

Ten free tickets for low waged/no waged audience members are available. Email us at webshop[at]burleyfisherbooks.com to reserve your place.

The event will be audio recorded and released as a podcast.

Our Speakers

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels, including her latest The Island of Missing Trees. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She also holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College.

Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She was a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights,  LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. She has judged numerous literary prizes, including PEN Nabokov prize and she has chaired the Wellcome Prize. Recently, Shafak was awarded the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize for her contribution to 'the renewal of the art of storytelling’.  www.elifshafak.com 

Elif Shafak appears courtesy of Serpent's Tail.

Patrice Lawrence is a Brighton-born writer fuelled by anger to write stories that pick away at social injustice. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Award, won the YA Bookseller Prize, the Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction, the Crime Fest YA Prize twice and the inaugural Jhalak Children and Young People's Prize. Her most recent book for teenagers, Splinters of Sunshine, explores friendship, fatherhood, grief - and wildflowers.