Masha Gessen

The Harriet Martineau Lecture

Saturday 16 May

Join celebrated journalist, author and activist Masha Gessen for the third annual Harriet Martineau Lecture exploring freedom of speech and investigative journalism.

Masha Gessen is world-renowned for her outspoken opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was at one stage ‘probably the only publically out gay person in the whole of Russia’. Her latest book is Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Following in the footsteps of Kate Mosse and Ali Smith in honouring Harriet Martineau - Norwich’s 19th Century radical thinker and the world’s first female journalist - hear Gessen speak, ask your questions and celebrate freedom of expression and investigative journalism through a feminist lens.

Masha Gessen The Harriet Martineau Lecture is part of A Literary Festival in a Weekend

Day 1: Human / Nature – It’s Our World, We Want It Back!

Red in tooth and claw, nature doesn’t give in easily, and nor some do humans – meet writers who fight hard for their beliefs, battle against astounding odds and who equip others to stand their ground.

Event runs c. 75 mins (no interval)

City of Literature is presented in association with

Writers’ Centre Norwich
Writers’ Centre Norwich

UNESCO City of Literature
UNESCO City of Literature