Arundhati Roy and V In Conversation

Join writers Arundhati Roy and V (formerly Eve Ensler) as they talk to writer Preti Taneja, reflecting on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism and on the role of creativity and alternative imaginations. They discuss everything from the impact of human separation during the pandemic on work and their creative lives, to what ‘normal’ will look like in the future - and whether we should avoid going back to it at all costs.

This event will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

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This event features a performance by a WOW Sounds artist. Don't miss the incredible performance from Indian independent artist and urban ecologist Ditty whose music uses field recordings of water women warriors who are fighting for water sanitation in their local communities.

This event is part of WOW UK Festival 2021, our three week digital programme of groundbreaking In Conversations and interactive workshops. For this year’s festival, we are offering audiences the chance to pay what they can for tickets from £1 upwards. If you’re able to pay a higher ticket price, your contribution will include a donation to help WOW continue its work fighting for gender equality all year-round.

About the speakers

Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Roy has also published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She lives in Delhi.

V (formerly Eve Ensler) is a Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, performer, and author of the Obie award-winning theatrical phenomenon The Vagina Monologues, published in over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, and was recently heralded by The New York Times as one of the most important plays of the past 25 years.

Preti Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2018 and was listed for several international awards including the Prix Jan Michalski, Europe's premier recognition for a work of world literature. Preti was born and grew up in the UK. She teaches writing in prison, and works with minority groups on cultural rights in conflict and post conflict zones. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. TIDE SALON, an interactive multimedia installation decolonising the archives of early-modern England, and featuring a collaboration of six South Asian-origin artists with Preti and filmmaker Ben Crowe, is out now. Her second book, Aftermath, an essay on systemic atrocity and grief will be published in the Undelivered Lectures series from Transit Books, USA in 2021.