Lionel Shriver: Creativity in an Age of Constraint


The annual CIS John Bonython lecture is one of the most anticipated events of the CIS calendar and is not to be missed. The annual series began in 1984 and has had a tremendous impact on fostering debate and injecting new ideas into the public realm.

The arts are battered and boxed in by the proliferating dos and don’ts of political correctness, the predations of gotcha identity politics and the hypersensitivities of the #MeToo movement.

This September, the distinguished American-British novelist Lionel Shriver will argue that it’s time for those in creative professions to push back and that artists should return to being iconoclasts willing to risk ruffling feathers.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald: “Shriver was catapulted to fame after the publication of We Need to Talk About Kevin, her chilling 2003 novel about a school shooting. The novel, which was rejected by 30 publishers, won the Orange Prize and was turned into a film starring Tilda Swinton. Since then, she has published international bestsellers including The Mandibles and The Post-Birthday World.”

Lionel Shriver is author of numerous international bestseller novels and a columnist with The Spectator in London. Her new book called Property(HarperCollins), is a collection of witty and quirky stories about the ownership of not just houses, but objects, people, places and experiences. We are delighted to announce Lionel Shriver as our distinguished lecturer for 2019.


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