Our edit of the very best TED talks about books and reading – plus the most inspiring speeches from our favourite writers…
We LOVE a TED talk. Instant inspiration from your home, your phone – anywhere in the world, any time. And guess what – a TED talk by a fantastic writer, or better still, about books is something we’re even bigger fans of! So here are our favourite bookish Ted talks – enjoy!
“What do my bookshelves say about me?” Ann Morgan found that almost all of her books were from English language authors and decided to spend a year of ‘global reading’ – discovering books from across the globe. 196 countries, to be exact. “The stories I read that year made me more alive than ever before to the richness, diversity and complexity of our remarkable planet.” Time to add some more diverse voices to your #TBR?
Ah JK, could we BE bigger fans? From a Harvard commencement speech, Ms Rowling delivers one seriously inspiring talk on failure and what she would have said to herself – graduating – at 21. Her TED talk concludes with the words of Lucius Annaeus Seneca: “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”. Something to remember when it comes to your own life?
“I did not know that people like me could exist in literature,” explains Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This TED talk is a call to think about diversity and the cultural stereotypes we become so easily accustomed to. “When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.” Will you make time to discover narratives beyond the single story?
A TED to talk to really make you think – and maybe in a way you’ve never done before. Jay Walker’s remarkable speech will make you reconsider your place in the world, thinking about creativity, imagination, knowledge and the magic of books. How does a lump of coal relate to the internet? Just wait and see!
Joshua Prager decided to compile a list of quotes from well-known writers relating to every year of our lives. What would you say about life at 21, 35, 59 and 85?
And finally, a living legend, Roxane Gay. “Through writing and feminism, I also found that if I was a little bit brave, another woman might hear me and see me and recognize that none of us are the nothing the world tries to tell us we are.” A call to arms; what can you do to help us gain equality and move towards the day when every single person calls themselves a feminist?