18 August 2017
The First Minister joined Scottish publisher Heather McDaid and celebrated Turkish author Elif Shafak at the Edinburgh Book Festival to discuss the role of women in public life.
— Edinburgh Book Fest (@edbookfest) August 18, 2017
Turkey’s most widely read female author and one of today’s most influential international writers and intellectuals, Elif Shafak’s work has been translated into over 40 languages. Now resident in London, Elif is also a public speaker, a women’s and LGBT rights activist and commentator, and was a judge of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize.
Heather McDaid, founder of Scottish publishing company 404 Ink, is co-editor of Nasty Women, an anthology of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. Published on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, the collection won the praise of Margaret Atwood.
Among topics covered over an hour of discussion and audience questions were the role of women in public life, the meaning of free speech in society, and the importance of standing up for what you believe in.
The First Minister also spoke about her own favourite women in literature, who include Doris Lessing, Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, and Zadie Smith.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) August 18, 2017
After the event, the First Minister dropped in on a lunch for participants of Open Book, a charity which runs shared reading groups for the elderly and adults in various communities across Scotland.