Winnie M Li

Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher

Winnie M Li is an author and activist. A Harvard graduate, Winnie worked as a film producer in London before her career was disrupted, at the age of 29, by a stranger rape in 2008. This prompted a long period of recovery, followed by a change of career. Ultimately, Winnie decided to focus on addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts and academia. Her debut novel, Dark Chapter, is winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2017 and will be translated into nine languages. Winnie is also Co-Founder of Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. She is a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics, exploring media narratives around rape. Winnie has appeared in the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, The Times and the Independent, and on BBC World News and BBC Woman’s Hour.

Winnie is an avid hiker and independent traveller, having visited over 60 countries. She is fascinated by cultural forms of storytelling, particularly literature and film. Winnie is based in London.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

To create a world where sexual assault survivors can speak their truth, without shame, without being judged.

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