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Arifa Akbar on freedom, the ethics of writing a memoir and what we can learn from the arts

Arifa Akbar on freedom, the ethics of writing a memoir and what we can learn from the arts

Elizabeth Oldfield speaks to theatre critic and author Arifa Akbar. 25/08/2021

Arifa is the chief theatre critic at The Guardian. She is a former contributor to The Observer and previously worked as the arts editor at Tortoise Media. She is also a trustee of the Orwell Foundation, and has been a judge for the UK Theatre Awards and the Women’s Prize for Fiction among others. She is also author of ‘Consumed’ about the life and early death of her sister from tuberculosis.

Arifa speaks about why choice and freedom are sacred to her, her spiritual encounters with Islam, the delicacy of telling other people’s stories and the power of the arts.

 



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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

Posted 25 August 2021

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