Leila Slimani (FR-MA)

International Authors' Stage

Thursday 8 November 2018 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Photo: C Helíe
Photo: C Helíe

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It is doubtful if any writer has had as successful a year as the French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani. Her second novel, Lullaby, has brought her a massive international breakthrough, with over 600,000 copies sold in France alone. The book has been given rave reviews, and in 2016 Slimani was only the second Moroccan to win the most prestigious literary prize in France, the Prix Goncourt.

Apart from working as an author, Slimani has been highly active as a writer on culture and an opinion-former. In 2010, she covered the Arab Spring in Tunisia and she has consistently been an active advocate of women’s rights in Morocco. Her political activism, combined with her success as an author, led in 2016 to her being appointed by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to promote the French language and French culture in Morocco. Macron described her as ‘francophonie’s open face in the multicultural world’.

Leila Slimani was born in 1981. She studied political science at the Parisian Institute of Political Science and has formerly worked as a journalist. She made her debut in 2014 with the novel Dans le jardin de l’ogre (In the Ogre’s Garden).

The conversation will be in English.