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Elif Shafak

Novelist

Founding Member

“I am a conduit for empathy and understanding, connections through emotional intelligence, through storytelling.”

I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT

I am passionate about the art of storytelling — which means not only telling or discovering new stories but also wishing to give voice to silences and power to the silenced.

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The pandemic has shown us that viruses do not stop at national borders or imaginary tribes or politicised walls. It has shown us, once again, how real and dangerous are inequality and indifference. We are all connected in far more ways than we can ever imagine and it is better for us to work together as citizens of humanity.

ABOUT ELIF SHAFAK

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. Her work has been translated into 50 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Andaatje Prize; chosen Blackwell’s Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum 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 TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes, and chaired the Wellcome Prize and is presently judging the Orwell Prize.

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