Elif Shafak, Shamil Thakrar

Elif Shafak, Shamil Thakrar

Guest Curators

Elif Shafak

Award-winning British-Turkish novelist and storyteller Elif Shafak will consider how we can all stay sane in an age of division. She gathers leading commentators to tackle big questions around the climate crisis, unconscious bias, cancel culture, free speech and how to take the heat out of our age of outrage.

Elif Shafak was shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2019 (10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World). Her novel Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC as one of the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Her new non-fiction title based on her Wellcome lecture, How to Stay Sane in An Age of Division appears this summer with Profile.  

Shamil Thakrar

Shamil Thakrar explores stories of the colonial experience, remembering and celebrating lesser-known heroes of independence movements during the colonial era.

He is co-founder of Dishoom, winner of Best Restaurant in the UK two years running. Dishoom now has eight sites in the UK and employs over a thousand people. Before 2010, he had, amongst other things, been a management consultant for five years and worked in the food industry for eight years. Shamil along with co-founder Kavi Thakrar and Executive Chef Naved Nasir, co-authored the restaurant’s first book, “Dishoom: From Bombay with Love”, in 2019. 

Live events featuring our Guest Curators


Elif Shafak: How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

Friday 2 October, 6 – 7pm
Everyman Theatre
£12, £10 (Restricted View) plus booking fee*

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Coronavirus Meets Climate Change: A Moment of Reckoning?

Saturday 3 October, 11am – 12pm
Town Hall, Pillar Room
£10 plus booking fee*

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Unravelling Unconscious Bias

Sunday 4 October, 11am – 12pm
Town Hall, Pillar Room
£10 plus booking fee*

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The Age of Outrage

Saturday 3 October, 6 – 7pm
Everyman Theatre
£12, £10 (Restricted View) plus booking fee*

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Stories of the Colonial Experience

Wednesday 7 October, 11am – 12pm
Town Hall, Pillar Room
£10 plus booking fee*

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Shamil Thakrar Meets Yotam Ottolenghi And Ixta Belfrage

Thursday 8 October, 7 – 8pm
Town Hall, Main Hall
£14 plus booking fee*

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