In conversation: Elif Shafak, Heather McDaid and Nicola Sturgeon

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By Russell Bruce
We came across this video from last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival and felt it deserved a wider audience than those who attended the event and the 1500 who have since viewed it. Although there are a some specific references to events at the time the ┬áconcerns raised in the discussion remain true today.

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Elif Shafak

and conditions in Elif Shafak’s Turkey have significantly deteriorated. The space for women to come together and change their environment is little better, if at all, in many countries. Nationalism, quite unlike Scotland’s civic inclusive nationalism, is becoming more pronounced and Nicola articulates a common concern that progress in equality and freedom is not always a one way street.