PEN International at Wilderness Festival, Friday August 7 2015 at the Forum – 16:00-16:50.
The Charlie Hebdo massacre has prompted some of the defining debates of our time concerning the tension between freedom of expression, freedom of religion and the promotion of tolerance. Moderated by Zoe Williams, the event brings together leading writers Tahmima Amam, Kenan Malik and Anshuman Mondal, along with PEN’s Sarah Clarke to discuss the impact of the Charlie Hebdo massacre on how we think about free expression around the globe.
Tahmima Anam is a Bangladeshi writer and columnist. Her books include A Golden Age (2007) which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and “The Good Muslim (2011).” Anam was named one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.
Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. His books include From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy (2009) and The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics (2014).
Anshuman Mondal is Reader in English at Brunel University London. He is the author of Islam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech after Rushdie, and Young British Muslim Voices, an account of his journey across the UK speaking to young Muslims.
Sarah Clarke manages PEN International’s policy and advocacy on free expression at the United Nations and regional governmental bodies.