Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a journalist and author. Her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. She writes for the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal amongst others. She lives in London and New York.

Are we Witnessing the Death of Democracy?
Tolerance, equality, democracy, free speech, a free press, separation of church and state, progress: these and other values of the Enlightenment have guided the West for over 300 years. But with trends such as the rise of populism and nationalism in the West, the ascent of China in the East, and the failure of the Arab Spring, many are asking: what if the Enlightenment was just a blip? What if we are simply reverting to ‘norm’ of human history and, if so, what can we do about it? ...