Past event


Literature in International Affairs: From Words to Action

Chatham House, London

Event documents

Transcript - Caroline Moorehead, Ahdaf Soueif, Roma Tearne
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Transcript - Caroline Moorehead, Ahdaf Soueif, Roma Tearne Q&A
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Caroline Moorehead, Author, Dunant’s Dream: War, Switzerland and the History of the Red Cross
Ahdaf Soueif, Author, Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
Roma Tearne, Author, Mosquito
Chair: Alan Philps, Editor, The World Today, Chatham House


Do accounts of humanitarian crises in newspapers have the power to inspire readers and move them to action? Are some forms of writing more effective? A panel of three authors will reflect on how to combat compassion fatigue, and whether 'words can lead to deeds'.
Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and biographer; Roma Tearne's novels are inspired by political events and their personal consequences in her native Sri Lanka; and novelist and social commentator Ahdaf Soueif's recent book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution captures her experiences of last year’s Egyptian revolution.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 20:00.

The event is held in association with the Royal Society of Literature.