Visiting Professor - Ben Okri OBE FRSL

We are honoured to have Ben Okri as Visiting Professor in the School of English

Ben Okri is acclaimed as one of the finest African writers in the postcolonialist tradition. He is the author of such celebrated novels as the Booker-winning The Famished Road (1991), In Arcadia (2007), and Incidents at the Shrine (1986), celebrated collections of short fiction, including Stars of the New Curfew (1988), and collections of essays such as his latest, A Time for New Dreams (2011). He has won many of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, including the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Aga Khan Prize. He is a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2001, he was awarded an OBE.

Selected Bibliography


  • Flowers and Shadows (Harlow: Longman, 1980).
  • The Landscapes Within (Harlow: Longman, 1981).
  • The Famished Road (London: Jonathan Cape, 1991; London: Vintage, 1992).
  • Songs of Enchantment (London: Jonathan Cape, 1993; London: Vintage, 1994).
  • Astonishing the Gods (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995; London: Phoenix House, 1995).
  • Dangerous Love (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson: 1996; London: Phoenix House, 1996).
  • Infinite Riches (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1998; London: Phoenix House, 1998).
  • In Arcadia (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002; London: Phoenix House, 2003).
  • Starbook (London: Rider & Co, 2007).

Collections of Short Stories

  • Incidents at the Shrine (London: Heinemann, 1986; Boston: Faber & Faber, 1987; London: Vintage, 1993).
  • Stars of the New Curfew (London: Secker & Warburg, 1988; London: Penguin, 1988; London: Vintage, 1999).
  • Tales of Freedom (London: Rider & Co, 2009).

Poetry Collections

  • An African Elegy (London: Jonathan Cape, 1992; London: Vintage, 1997).
  • Mental Fight (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999; London: Phoenix House, 1999).
  • Wild (London: Rider & Co, 2012).


  • Birds of Heaven (London: Phoenix House, 1996).
  • A Way of Being Free (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson: 1997; London: Phoenix House, 1997).
  • A Time for New Dreams (London: Rider & Co: 2011). 

Stage Plays

  • In Exilus (The Studio, Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, 2001).

Television Documentaries

  • Great Railway Journeys: London to Arcadia (BBC, 9 October 1996).

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