Inaugural Liberty Lecture

Inaugural Liberty Lecture
6 November 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Ali Smith CBE FRSL, the award-winning Scottish author, playwright, journalist and academic, will be delivering the first annual Liberty Lecture in association with the human rights campaigning organisation, Liberty, co-hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London's Department of English and the Institute of English Studies. The Lecture will be introduced by Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, and a Q&A session will be chaired by Dr Nikita Lalwani, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.   


Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Autumn, How to be both, There but for the, Artful, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey's Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


Liberty campaigns for everyone in the UK to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Founded in 1934, its thousands of members hold the powerful to account so rights are protected and freedom is valued for all. Liberty is entirely independent and its principles are guided by evidence and expertise – not political agenda, profit or popular opinion. It campaigns through the courts, in the news, in Parliament and in the wider community to demand and deliver lasting change to benefit the many and the most vulnerable. Join Liberty today.


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