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    The Disconnect: Friendship on Social Media

    Sun 24 Oct 2021, 1pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    past event
    past event
    Roisin Kiberd, writer
    Tessy Ehiguese

    Novelist Tahmima Anam and essayist Roisin Kiberd discuss friendship and disconnection in the age of social media, in an event chaired by Jenny Kleeman.

    We are more connected than ever and yet loneliness and isolation are on the rise.

    How have technology and social media brought us together and how have they pulled us apart?

    In The Startup Wife and The Disconnect Tahmima Anam and Roisin Kiberd respectively offer up frank and funny portraits of the ways our online habits shape, maintain and mutate our friendships and relationships.

    What have we gained, lost or given away willingly in exchange for this connected life?

    Tahmima Anam is an award-winning novelist and the executive director of a music technology startup. This provides the inspiration for her new novel The Startup Wife, which follows Asha Ray, a computer scientist and the creator of the ingenious algorithm behind the networking app she launches with her husband.

    Roisin Kiberd is the author of The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet. She has worked in tech, reported on tech and spent long nights exploring the web’s strangest subcultures.

    ‘I have spent more time with my laptop than with any living being on earth,’ Kiberd writes.

    This event is chaired by journalist, filmmaker and author Jenny Kleeman, whose book Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is published by Picador.

    Tahmima Anam
    Abeer Y Hoque

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    Sun 24 Oct 2021, 1pm


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