Award-winning author and champion of French language, culture and women’s rights to deliver talk at University of Sheffield

An award-winning writer whose work led to her being given the role of promoting French language and culture across the world is set to visit the University of Sheffield this month (12 December 2018).

Leïla Slimani, author of the global literary sensation Lullaby and second on Vanity Fair’s list of the most influential French people in the world, will deliver a public talk at the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities as part of its Arts Enterprise programme.

Leïla was the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary accolade, the Prix Goncourt, and she was appointed by President Macron as his personal representative in a role that includes being a global champion of French language, and culture.

Organised by Dr Daniel Lee, an expert from the University on the history of modern France, the event will see Leïla speak about her novel, Lullaby, and share an insight into her work as a personal representative of the French President for Francophone affairs.

The event will also feature Leila speaking about her defence of women’s rights and equality in Morocco.

Dr Daniel Lee, who conducts teaching and research in the University’s Department of History, said: “For many of us working in the arts and humanities, Leïla Slimani’s talk will be the highlight of the academic year, if not the decade.

“Winning the Prix Goncourt after the likes of Marcel Proust, Simone de Beauvoir and countless others, places Leïla in the pantheon of France’s most gifted writers.

“Alongside her writing, Leïla is also a champion of the defence of women’s rights and equality in Moroccan society.

“The evening should be an unprecedented opportunity for our students and the people of Sheffield to have privileged access to one of Europe’s most talented and imaginative writers and activists.

“I am grateful to the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and to the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities for their support in making this happen.”

Following the event, Leïla will also lead a workshop for postgraduate History, English and French students at the University of Sheffield.

The session will explore aspects of her creative writing process and methodology, her advisory role as personal representative to President Macron and her thoughts on women’s rights and equality in France and Morocco.

Sheffield’s Arts Enterprise programme helps to connect arts and humanities research and creative activities from the University with local communities and partners from across the region.

For more information on Arts Enterprise, including how to collaborate with arts and humanities researchers, visit:

An Evening with Leïla Slimani is being held at the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Building on Wednesday 12 December 2018 from 6pm – 8pm. For tickets and further information, visit: