Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019.



Elif Shafak: 10 minutes, 38 seconds

Secret Garden

The Irish Times has called best-selling novelist Elif Shafak  ‘the most exciting Turkish novelist to reach western readers in years.’ We are delighted to welcome back this mesmerising speaker who received a standing ovation when last at Dalkey Book Festival, enchanting those lucky enough to get a ticket to see her. Best known for The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of […]