In February 2018 the renowned Turkish novelist and journalist, Ahmet Altan, aged 68, was arrested by his government on trumped-up charges and sentenced to life imprisonment.
To mark the publication of Ahmet Altan’s remarkable prison memoir I Will Never See the World Again, Bashabi Fraser, writer, professor at Napier University, translator, committee member of Scottish Pen and its campaigning arm, Writers at Risk, joins Magnus Linklater, writer, columnist for The Times and former editor of The Scotsman, and Alan Taylor, journalist and biographer of Muriel Spark, to discuss the fate of writers and journalists in authoritarian states and the great pieces of literature that imprisonment has inspired.
Repressive regimes hope that if they lock up writers they are also locking up ideas. This will always fail. Ahmet Altan’s example highlights the immutable importance of writers and journalists and how their freedom remains fragile in this perilous world.
"Read this – it will explain why you ever read anything, why anyone ever writes" - A.L.Kennedy
Book signings: Authors will be delighted to sign copies of their books immediately after their events. Tickets for this event are £9/£7 conc, and are available from the Boswell Book Festival booking page here.