In conversation with Deborah Frances-White and Nikesh Shukla

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Join us in conversation with Deborah Frances-White and Nikesh Shukla.

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To accompany the start of Tortoise's summer of slow reviews, we've invited Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist) and her friend and fellow author Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant, The One Who Wrote Destiny) to share their reflections on writing that can change culture for good. Discussing their own and others' work, Deborah and Nikesh will take us on a literary adventure of writers, stories and perspectives that change hearts and minds. Please bring your own recommendations too!

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Our special guests are:

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. Nikesh is a contributing editor to the Observer Magazine and was previously their columnist. Nikesh is the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. He co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene Suleyman. He is the author of two YA novels, Run Riot (shortlisted for a National Book Award) and The Boxer (longlisted for the Carnegie Medal). Nikesh was one of Time Magazine’s cultural leaders, Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller's 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. Nikesh is a fellow of the Royal Society Of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy

Deborah Frances-White is a comedian best known for her hit podcast The Guilty Feminist, which has had 80 million downloads in three years. She is also the creator and producer of BBC Radio 4’s GrownUpLand and host and creator of Global Pillage. Her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice ran for two series and won The Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy. Deborah’s book The Guilty Feminist is published by Virago and is a Sunday Times Best Seller. She is a screenwriter whose first feature film Say My Name was produced by Electric Entertainment and has won multiple film festival awards and has been nominated for Best Screenplay at The London International Filmmaker Festival 2019. Deborah is an official Amnesty International UK Ambassador.

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