A Room of One’s Own Lecture with Elif Shafak

Sat 20 Apr 2024 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Elif room of one's own

An annual opportunity for one of our foremost women writers to contemplate how far we have come since 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 second lecture in this series will be delivered by Festival Honorary Patron Elif Shafak.

A commemorative pamphlet containing the lecture is included in the in-person ticket price.  

Venue: TTP Stage (Cambridge Union) & Livestream

Duration: 1 hour

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In-person tickets:
TTP Stage (Cambridge Union) & Livestream
  A Room of One's Own Lecture with Elif Shafak Full Price (ticket includes pamphlet)
6pm | Saturday 20 April | TTP Stage, Cambridge Union
  A Room of One's Own Lecture with Elif Shafak Concession (ticket includes pamphlet)
6pm | Saturday 20 April | TTP Stage, Cambridge Union
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  A Room of One's Own Lecture with Elif Shafak Livestream ticket - Online (does NOT include pamphlet)
6pm | Saturday 20 April | Online
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Author biography

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, shortlisted for the Costa  Award, British Book Awards, RSL Ondaatje Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 57 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 and has been chosen among BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women. She is 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. Shafak was awarded the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize for her contribution to ‘the renewal of the art of storytelling’. www.elifshafak.com