Freedom from Torture - Freedom: not just another word - special event & auction

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7:30pm - 10pm

Thursday, 15 November, 2018
IET London: Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
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Price: £50.00

Join us for an immersive literary evening, bringing together leading authors and survivors of torture in celebration of Freedom.

Following the success of our 2016 Immortality Auction, our biennial literary event will return this November with FREEDOM: NOT JUST ANOTHER WORD. The event takes place in the prestigious Maxwell Library at the IET Savoy Place, where you will enjoy fine wines and delicious canapés whilst leading literary stars and survivors of torture explore the theme of Freedom.

Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes and best-selling author Tracy Chevalier will be performing chosen work around the theme of Freedom, alongside Women’s Prize for Fiction-winner Kamila Shamsie and the EBRD Prize-winning novelist survivor of torture Burhan Sönmez. Survivors of torture from our creative writing group Write to Life will also be performing their own moving pieces around the theme.

Throughout the evening, you can visit our poetry booth, take part in the Grand Raffle to win top prizes, and bid in the interactive Silent Auction.

The auction is now open online!

You can now browse the 23 auction prizes donated by some of the world’s leading authors, illustrators and film stars. Highlights  include the chance to have your name included as a character in the next best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, Lee Child, Marian Keyes or Joanna Trollope, an annotated film script from Dame Helen Mirren, afternoon tea with Maggie O’Farrell and a beautiful hand-illustrated book from Bonnie Helen Hawkins (video below). For the full list of prizes and to bid online, please visit:

Freedom from Torture would like to thank the following for their involvement in this special literary evening: Julian Barnes, Tracy Chevalier, Kamila Shamsie, Burhan Sönmez, Ronna Bloom and Write to Life.

With special thanks to the generous supporters of the auction: Sir Quentin Blake, Ken Follett, A. L. Kennedy, Joanna Trollope, Maggie O’Farrell, Lee Child, Margaret Atwood, Marian Keyes, Mohammed Hanif, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Hollinghurst, Sebastian Gibson, Ali Smith, Hilary Mantel, Tessa Hadley, Khaled Hosseini, Zoe Ross & United Agents, Dame Helen Mirren, Joanne Harris and Bonnie Helen Hawkins, Alan Gratz, Anne Fine, Alexei Sayle, Nigella Lawson, Chris Riddell, Sebastian Faulks and The Folio Society.

And the prize donors of the Grand Raffle: Write & Shine, London Centre for Book Arts, Elemis, David Walliams & HarperCollins, e5 Bakehouse, Ella Berthoud - Bibliotherapy and David Nicholls.

And our sponsors: Farr Vintners & 90 Degree Framers