Guest Selector: Elif Shafak
The most widely-read female novelist in Turkey, Elif Shafak has also built a major reputation in the English-speaking world. She has written ten acclaimed novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architect’s Apprentice and most recently, Three Daughters of Eve. As our Guest Selector, Shafak looks at the powerful relationship between fiction and the political world in which it is written. She talks to US writer Siri Hustvedt, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish writer and publisher Heather McDaid about women in public and intellectual life. Andrew O’Hagan and Richard Holloway also join her to discuss the ways that politicians often use stories as a means of gaining and maintaining power.