Mon, 21 September 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

Elif Shafak in conversation with Matthew Stadlen




A global voice for freedom of speech a major international literary figure, author and activist Elif Shafak joins us to make an impassioned plea to build bridges in our polarised age.

Ours is the age of contagious anxiety. We feel overwhelmed by the events around us, by injustice, by suffering, by an endless feeling of crisis. So, how can we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this age of division?

In a powerful, uplifting plea for conscious optimism, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak will draw on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to bring us together. In the process, she will reveal how listening to each other can nurture democracy, empathy and our faith in a kinder and wiser future.

Fans of Greta Thurnberg, Mary Beard and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie should not miss this chance to hear from ‘One of the most important writers at work today’ (Independent).

This event takes place at 6:30pm BST.


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