Story-telling in a Divided World
Defending the Art of Fiction in the Age of Post-Truth
What is the role of literature in our increasingly fractured and fast-changing world? Is it possible to write a-politically or do writers have a responsibility to speak out – and, if so, how? Can fiction address political issues in a way that ordinary public discourse cannot? Elif Shafak explored these questions in three lectures and an open discussion.
After each lecture there was the opportunity to ask questions, and all were welcome to join in the closing discussion.
Schedule of Lectures
Wednesday, 2 May: Strong Words in a Liquid World
Thursday, 10 May: Voicelessness and Taboos
Thursday, 17 May: Collective Amnesia and Collective Remembrance
Thursday, 24 May: Open Discussion