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Margaret Atwood: How I Found My Voice, with Samira Ahmed

The acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale joined Samira Ahmed in this exclusive live recording of our award-winning podcast How I Found My Voice.

The acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, joined Samira Ahmed in this exclusive live recording of How I Found My Voice, the award-winning podcast from Intelligence Squared which explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling communicators. Previous guests include Michael Palin, Bernardine Evaristo, Philip Pullman, Katherine Ryan and Rose McGowan. You can listen to the previous episodes here.

Maragret Atwood’s latest book The Testaments is available now from Waterstones.

Margaret Atwood photo credit: Luis Mora



Margaret Atwood

Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments

Bestselling author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer.

Samira Ahmed

Journalist, writer and broadcaster

One of the most recognised voices in British broadcasting. Her work spans news and the arts – from working as a reporter and presenter on Channel 4 News to presenting the Proms. She presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC One.


Speakers are subject to change.