Shami Chakrabarti is to give The Reading Agency Lecture.
The lecture, titled On Liberty, Reading and Dissent, will be delivered at the British Library on 30th November.
Chakrabarti is director of human rights campaign group Liberty. She also chaired the judging panel for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Her lecture will look at what reading means to her in her private and professional life, and will see Chakrabarti talk about reading in the context of human rights as a “call to empathy” and delve into how it plays a role not just in enabling choice and action but also in helping us to understand the perspectives of others.
Chakrabarti said: "It's a privilege to give the Reading Agency Lecture; to reflect on books that made me and the role of reading and free expression in democracy and dissent. When even our Human Rights Act is threatened, reading, thinking and arguing about abuses of power have rarely been more essential to protecting precious freedoms."
Sue Wilkinson, chief executive of The Reading Agency, said: “We are delighted Shami Chakrabarti has agreed to deliver the fourth annual Reading Agency Lecture. Our recent research has shown that reading has the power to transform lives; to build empathy, challenge us and show us different perspectives. We are looking forward to hearing Shami’s views on how this can help build a fairer society, and how this relates to our own mission to deliver life-changing reading opportunities across the country, in partnership with public libraries.”
Previous lectures have been given by Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman and Russell Brand.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s lecture.