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    Free Expression Now

    Sun 26 Sep 2021, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £10
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    Philippe Sands
    Antonio Olmos

    Philippe Sands, the noted human rights lawyer and president of English PEN, brings our weekend of events celebrating the organisation’s centenary to a close.

    He is joined by novelist, playwright and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, novelist and essayist Elif Shafak, and writer and academic Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. Together they reflect on free expression and writing, in their own work and across the world. The event also includes readings by actors.

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a deeply respected writer and scholar whose books include the novels Petals of Blood (a work which contributed to his imprisonment by the Kenyan government in 1977), A Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow. The recipient of several honorary doctorates, he is currently Distinguished Professor, Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean novelist, film-maker and playwright. Her novel, This Mournable Body was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. She is also the author of Nervous Conditions, for which she was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Dangarembga is also a poet and a dedicated activist, as well as the founding member of PEN Zimbabwe.

    Elif Shafak is a British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 55 languages. She is the author of 19 books, 12 of which are novels, and has been nominated for a number of awards, including The Booker Prize.

    Philippe Sands is Professor of the Public Understanding of Law at University College London and a practising barrister. He is the author of East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive. Philippe is president of English PEN and a board member of the Hay Festival.

    Produced in partnership with English PEN.

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    Sun 26 Sep 2021, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
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