Words are powerful, can also be fatal: Margaret Atwood


In her keynote address at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Booker prize-winner Margaret Atwood spoke about how writing is an optimistic act: IE

Margaret Atwood during the Jaipur Literature Festiva at Diggi Palace in Jaipur on Thursday. Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras
Margaret Atwood during the Jaipur Literature Festiva at Diggi Palace in Jaipur on Thursday. Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras

“All over the world, writing has been the means whereby light is shed on darkness, whether the darkness of oppressive regimes, of lives lived in poverty, of the oppression of women as a gender, or of discrimination of so many kinds. There are many darknesses, but there are also many voices,” said Canadian author Margaret Atwood, delivering the keynote address on day one of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2016 on Thursday.

A Booker prize winner, Atwood is the highlight of this year’s JLF, along with Stephen Fry and 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James. Terming writing as an “optimistic act”, Atwood said, “In an age that persecutes deviants, you can yet lose your life for being the possessor of a dangerous or unacceptable story. Words are powerful, which means that words can also be fatal.”

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