Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey’s best-known novelists and political commentators, and her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman and Der Spiegel. She has been twice recognised as Turkey’s most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with three million twitter followers). Her recent novel Women Who Blow on Knots won the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. Her other books include: The Time of Mute Swans: A Novel, Turkey: The Insane And The Melancholy, Deep Mountain: Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide, Book of The Edge and now How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship.
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Events featuring this speaker
As Mayor Marvin Rees reaches the end of his first term, he reflects on the work of his administration and where it goes next.
What would radical cities do today? How would they address issues of poverty, land reform, democracy, the future of life and work?
Writers and artists debate Orwell and the meaning and importance of Nineteen Eighty-Four today.
Is there a role for cities in making democracy work for all? How do we get the city leaders we need? How can we get citizens engaged in their city?