Literature in International Affairs: From Words to Action
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.