Spotlight on Elif Shafak

As Honorary Patron of the festival, award-winning British-Turkish novelist and storyteller Elif Shafak has graciously taken part in a number of festival events over the years, celebrating some of the wonderful books that she has written as well as hosting and chairing events.

We are very lucky to have recordings of several of her events which are available to watch or listen to in our CLF Player.

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A Room of One’s Own Lecture | 2024

The Annual Lecture takes place at our Spring Festival. It provides an opportunity for one of our foremost women writers to contemplate how far we have come since Virginia Woolf said ‘lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind’.  The inaugrual lecture was delivered by Ali Smith, the second lecture in the series was delivered by Elif Shafak.

As an advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, Elif was brilliantly placed to thoughtfully examine the work of Virginia Woolf in relation to the contemporary world.

This week our media partner, the New Statesmanhas published an essay, Virginia Woolf’s politics of peace, which is an extract from Elif’s A Room Of One’s Own Lecture delivered at the festival in April. We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to watch the full version here in our CLF Player, filmed in April 2024 at the Spring Festival.

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Other events in our CLF Player

Unmapped Storylands with Elif Shafak

Subscribe to Elif Shafak’s substack to read her stories, anecdotes, wise proverbs and foolish thoughts, literary musings, insights and conversations centred around her personal, unpublished notebooks.