Gillian Slovo

South African born Gillian Slovo is a former President of English PEN (2010-2013), a Golden PEN award Winner (2013) and the author of twelve novels, two plays, and a family memoir, Every Secret Thing, which was an international best seller. Her novel, Red Dust, won the Prix RFI Temoin du Monde and became a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ice Road, set in Leningrad in the 1930s, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her co-authored play, Guantanamo- Honor Bound to Defend Freedom played worldwide. Her verbatim interviews with women politicians were part of the 2010 Tricycle Theatre’s Women, Power and Politics season. Her latest play, The Riots, that examined the unrest in London and other UK cities in the summer of 2011, played to huge acclaim at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham.