Words Weekend 2019.
Elif Shafak: How Stories Make a Difference
Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Shafak’s universally praised latest novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, has been described as a “piercing, unflinching look at the trauma women’s minds and bodies are subjected to in a social system defined by patriarchal codes.” (Guardian). With the global political landscape increasingly polarised, culture, empathy and storytelling are more important than ever. Join the two-time Ted Global speaker (both times to a standing ovation) in a discussion of her latest novel, and an exploration of the core theme of Words Weekend; the power of words and stories to unite communities.
Start time: 3pm
Venue: Sage Two
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]