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PEN HG Wells Lecture 2018: Dave Eggers

16 December 2018, 5:30 pm7:00 pm

£ 17.50

Award-winning American writer, editor, publisher and philanthropist Dave Eggers will deliver this year’s PEN HG Wells Lecture on the theme of digital human rights, sponsored by the Times Literary Supplement.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from this brilliant author, literacy and human rights advocate, and champion of the printed word.

The event with be introduced by leading human rights barrister and president of English PEN, Philippe Sands QC.

Dave     Eggers    is the author of many books, including   The Circle,    A Hologram for the King,    and    The Monk of  Mokha,    covering    subjects from the boundaries of technological privacy and freedom to modern migration.  He is the founder of the independent San Francisco publisher McSweeney’s, which publishes    Voice of Witness, a non-profit oral history series that illuminates global human rights crises, and ScholarMatch, a non-profit organization connecting students with resources to make college possible. Eggers   is also co-founder of the 826 National network of tutoring centres. In 2018,     Eggers    co-founded The International Congress of Youth Voices, an annual gathering of 100 extraordinary young writers and activists; their landmark meeting in San Francisco resulted in a youth-written manifesto    published by the Guardian.

The HG Wells Lecture showcases visionary writing and new thinking, and is held in honour of the former PEN president, author, visionary and human rights campaigner    HG Wells. Wells foresaw the creation of the worldwide web, most notably in a series of talks and essays entitled    World Brain. Other revolutionary ideas set out in    The Rights of Man    influenced the development of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 70th   year on    10 December 2018.

Book Tickets

All ticket buyers will be entitled to a free three month digital subscription to the TLS after the show to the email address they booked the tickets with.

Sponsored by the Times Literary Supplement 


16 December 2018
5:30 pm—7:00 pm
£ 17.50
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Bridge Theatre
3 Potters Fields Park
London, SE1 2SG


Hannah Trevarthen
020 73242536