14 August 2019
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put her questions on ‘Women in Democracy’ to Turkish author Elif Shafak as part of the National Theatre’s Authors on Stage programme.
The First Minister discussed Shafak’s latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World and the writer’s views on culture, empathy and storytelling during the special session in London.
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The First Minister highlighted her own thoughts on the importance of reading fiction and said:
I’ve loved reading since I was young enough to read and I’m a great passionate believer that the world would be a much better place if more political leaders read fiction. And they would have more understanding and perspective. It’s easy to demonise somebody or a youth or a minority if you know nothing about them, and you are not in any way forced to open up your mind… fiction breaks that down.”