Blackwell’s Annual Lecture with Elif Shafak

Blackwell's are honoured to announce that Elif Shafak will give this year's Annual Blackwell's Lecture on Thursday 24th October 2019 at 7.30pm in the Sheldonian Theatre.

Elif Shafak will deliver this year's Annual Blackwell's Lecture on the subject of literature, social change and politics.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels, including the bestselling 'The Bastard of Istanbul', ''The Forty Rules of Love', and 'Three Daughters of Eve'. Her latest book is '10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.'

Her work has been translated into fifty languages, published by Penguin/Random House and represented by Curtis Brown globally. She was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 Elif was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better.

Elif Shafak is also a political scientist and an academic. She holds a degree in International Relations, a masters’ degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science and Political Philosophy. She has taught at various universities in Turkey, the UK and the USA, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow.

Elif Shafak is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation.

Her writing has been longlisted for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize; the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. She judged numerous prestigious literary prizes.

The talk will take place from 7.30 – 8.30pm talk, followed by book signing.

Ticket Information

Tickets cost just £5 and are available online or from Blackwell's Bookshop located at 50 Broad Street, Oxford.

For queries, please contact Blackwell's box office on +44 (0) 1865 333 620