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When the Story Changes, with Margaret Atwood and Sadaf Saaz 

Thursday 10th June 7PM | Taliesin Broadcast

‘Because when the story changes, everything changes.’ — Christina Fuentes and Tom Rivett-Carnac, The Future We Choose

In Everything Change’s opening event, the novelist, poet, inventor and two-time winner of the Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood, will discuss the role storytelling might play in meeting the challenges of the climate crisis. How might authors, screenwriters and poets contribute to a revolution of the communal imagination? And what are the creative risks of doing so? How do we discover new forms of storytelling for the moment in which humanity finds itself, and where and by whom should these new stories be told? How might storytellers contribute beyond the orbit of their expertise, in the worlds of science, policy and conservation?

Join Margaret Atwood as she explores these questions with reference to her own work and remarkable career, in conversation with Sadaf Saaz, director of the Dhaka Lit Fest.


Booking is essential to access this free, online event.  Live English-language captioning will be available. This event will be broadcast 'As Live'.

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than 45 countries, is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Dearly, her first collection of poetry in over a decade, was published November 2020. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto.

Photo credit:  Luis Mora

Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur, molecular biologist, and women’s rights advocate.   She is a festival director and the producer of Dhaka Lit Fest, which she co-founded in 2011.  She runs an arts and content production company, and The Junction, a performance space in Dhaka. She’s a member of the Bangladeshi women’s activist organisation Naripokkho, and is the founding Chairman of Safety Assistance for Emergencies (SAFE), which works in the area of response to the climate crisis. Sadaf is the author of a written and oral collection of poems  Sari Reams. Her monologues based on Bangladeshi women’s stories Je Kotha Jai Na Bola   (That which cannot be said), have been performed in various locations in Bangladesh.  

Photo credit:  Rajib Rahman

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When the Story Changes, with Margaret Atwood and Sadaf Saaz