Our favourite writers move us and inspire us: our imaginations, our humanity, our understanding of the world. But sometimes their writerly purpose can carry a little more bite. What is the role for the writer as an agitator, provocateur and agent for change?
For this all-star panel, The Wheeler Centre is bringing together four incredible writers and contrarians. With host Michael Williams, their panellists – Roxane Gay, John Safran, George Saunders and Brit Bennett – will discuss how they push against platitude, prejudice and power in their writing. Are we living in a ‘post-truth’ era of degraded language, where the integrity of words and meaning are under siege? Is it just the nature of language? Is meaning always up for grabs?
And, in such an age, what, if anything, is the responsibility of the writer? Is it to change minds? Or even the world? These four very different writers – whose work traverses overt provocation, subtle subversion and radical inclusion will get down to the nitty gritty of the politics and purpose of the act of writing. Join The Wheeler Centre for this timely discussion with a stellar line-up of intrepid and original thinkers.