In a UK-exclusive event, Southbank Centre, in collaboration with Penguin Live, presents Michelle Obama in conversation about her highly anticipated new memoir, Becoming, with novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Reflecting on her memoir, Michelle Obama invites the audience at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive, balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
With unerring honesty and lively wit, she recounts her triumphs and her disappointments – both public and private – and in candidly recounting moments from her own extraordinary journey, Mrs Obama also shares life lessons learned and inspires people to become the very best version of themselves.
The moderator for the evening, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is the bestselling author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by The New York Times. In 2012 she published We Should All Be Feminists and her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
As part of her work with and in support of young people, Michelle Obama, Southbank Centre and Penguin Live will be donating 300 free tickets to secondary school pupils from across London and the UK, as well as some local charities. They will take a seat in the Royal Festival Hall auditorium, which seats just over 2700 people and along with the rest of the audience will receive a hardback copy of Becoming.
3, December 2018
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
An allocation of tickets for ‘Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama’ will go on sale to Southbank Centre Members at 10.00am on Wednesday 7th November and a further allocation will go on sale to the general public at 10.00am on Thursday 8th November. Ticket prices range from £30 to £125. Each ticket will include a hardback copy of Becoming (RRP £25.00), supplied by Waterstones.