Nawal El Saadawi, London Visit: Renowned Egyptian writer, feminist and activist Nawal El Saadawi is in London and will take part in several events this Autumn. Described as 'the most influential feminist thinker in the Arab world over the past half-century' by the Financial Times, here are two opportunities to get a glimpse of this legend of a woman. The first sees 'El Saadawi In Conversation' with journalist Wendell Steavenson, to ask what democracy means in Egypt today and with special reference to the imprisonment of journalists since the uprisings in 2011 and looking at the track record of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government and how he is viewed by Egyptians across the board. Taking place on 26 October, 2015 at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ with the relevant link below.
The second event 'Woman at Point Zero' will mark the release of the new beautiful editions of El Saadawi's seminal works, including 'Woman at Point Zero', 'The Hidden Face of Eve' and 'God Dies by the Nile and Other Stories', where she will be discussing the themes that have inspired both her literary work and political activism over the decades. With Jacqueline Rose and Minna Salami, El Saadawi will explore patriarchy, religion and female revolt and look at the prospects for a new radical feminist politics, in the context of the decline of the Arab Spring and the on-going global economic crisis. Taking place on 29 October, 2015 at Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Although this is a free event, you must RSVP in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org.