JLF London: The Essential Elif Shafak and Tahmima Anam

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Authors Elif Shafak and Tahmima Anam share their work

This event takes place in the British Library Theatre and will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person, or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up.  In person ticket bookers will also be sent a bonus link to the online event. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

Navigating through her writing journey, Booker Prize-shortlisted author Elif Shafak explores the dichotomy and nuances brought to life with her words. A leading activist, public intellectual and speaker, Elif will share from her latest book, The Island of Missing Trees, alongside the origins and powerful symbolism of the many other characters she has brought to life. 

The event is part of JLF London 2021, the London edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Rajasthan, India. Our sessions in the British Library Theatre on 17-18 September are followed on 24-26 September by a packed weekend of free online conversations featuring leading writers and speakers from around the world.

Online event bookers can buy a copy of The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak  at checkout for £17.99 (UK orders) and watch the event at no extra cost.* 

Elif Shafak is the award-winning British-Turkish author of 19 books, 12 of which are novels. She is a global bestseller and her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her novel, 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 one of the BBC’s 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Elif is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She is a powerful advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression. 

Tahmima Anam is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Granta Best Young British Novelist, and winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize. Her work has been published in Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and lives in London. 

Bee Rowlatt works in the British Library's Cultural Events team. Her award-winning travelogue In Search of Mary (2015) was a ‘biography of the year’. She co-wrote the bestseller Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad (2010) which was dramatised by the BBC, and is one of Virago’s Fifty Shades of Feminism (2013). Her play about Mary Wollstonecraft debuted in London’s West End and she led the team that delivered Maggi Hambling's much-discussed Wollstonecraft memorial (2019). She has lived and worked in India and Colombia, and chaired events around the world.

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Name: JLF London: The Essential Elif Shafak and Tahmima Anam
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Member: £13.00
Adult: £13.00
Student: £6.50
Registered Unemployed: £6.50
Senior (60+): £11.00
Young Person (18-25): £6.50
Online Event w/Book (The Island of Missing Trees) UK Postage: £17.99
Online Event w/Book (The Island of Missing Trees) Non-UK Postage: £22.49
Online Adult: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
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