Archive : Literary Programme 2014

An Evening with Ben Okri

An Evening with Ben Okri
(Presenter Eibhear Walshe )

Ben Okri

Maritime Hotel

Sun 6 July



A fascinating and inspiring evening where Ben Okri reads from his work and talks about how stories ‘Can conquer fear...They can make the heart grow bigger’

Ben Okri is a Booker-Prize-winning  novelist, acclaimed poet and essayist and considered one of the finest African writers in  the  post colonial tradition. Born in  1959  in northern Nigeria, he grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1987 and in 1991 Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his third novel The Famished Road. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and he has been awarded an OBE as well as numerous international prizes including the  Commonwealth Writers Prize for  Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from the World Economic Forum. His latest books include a collection of poetry, Wild and essays entitled A Time for New Dreams, in which he writes that ‘true literature tears up the script’ of how we see ourselves.