More articles Tuesday 17 July 2012 3:00pm
Eminent Egyptian Writer Ahdaf Soueif to appear at Book Festival
We are thrilled to announce that the eminent Egyptian writer Adhaf Soueif will appear in two events at the Book Festival.
Following concerns she would be unable to leave Egypt due to the current political situation, we can now confirm she will appear in person on Saturday 18 August in a solo event about her profoundly affecting memoir, Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, which charts her personal experiences of the uprising as it unfolded in Cairo last year. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought here on the website.
In addition, Adhaf Soueif will deliver the opening address at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-2013, one of the highlights of this year’s Book Festival. This is a public event, chaired by leading Turkish author Elif Shafak, in which Soueif will address whether literature should be political. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought here on the website.
The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference is an ambitious programming partnership between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council comprising of a series of discussions which will take place from 17 to 21 August at the Book Festival, stimulating a debate which will reverberate around the world. Inspired by the seminal 1962 Writers' Conference in Edinburgh, it brings fifty leading Scottish and international writers together over five afternoons to discuss how writing and the imagination are an essential component of society.
The Writers’ Conference events take place daily from 17to 21 August from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.