Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Women | Free Word

25 March 2019
19:00 - 20:00

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Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council


Elif Shafak in conversation with Patience Agbabi, Charlotte Higgins, and Evie Wyld

Great writing knows no borders: novelist and activist Elif Shafak recently revealed her selection of 10 of the finest UK women writers working today. Three of her choices will join her this evening to discuss their work, and writing by women across the world.

Patience Agbabi is performer and poet. She tirelessly innovates a new relationship between the classics and the contemporary. In doing so she shows us the power of words whether they are written on the page or spoken in performance.

Charlotte Higgins is an author and journalist with magic in her pen. From ancient subjects she conjures living text: vast conversations about who we are today and why the stories we tell really matter.

A bold, often spectacular wordsmith, Evie Wyld’s restless characters are matched only by the rugged landscapes and untameable wildlife around them.

This event is presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council as part of the International Literature Showcase with the support of Arts Council England. With thanks to associate partners English PEN and Women of the World Foundation.


25 March 2019
19:00 - 20:00
£10 / £7

Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council


Elif Shafak

Novelist and Political Scientist

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 10 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres.



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