Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri to Speak at the University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 03, 2011 04:40 PM |
The acclaimed Nigerian writer, novelist and poet is to deliver the first Annual Creative Writing Lecture on 19 October.
Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri to Speak at the University of Leicester

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Ben Okri OBE, FRSL, was born in Nigeria but lived and studied for many years in the UK, eventually settling in London. He won the Man Booker Prize for his 1991 novel The Famished Road, and has also written poetry, short fiction and essays. His latest essay collection, A Time for New Dreams, was released in April 2011.

Ben Okri lived in the UK as a young child, before returning to Nigeria with his family at the age of seven. There, he witnessed the violence of the Nigerian civil war, which was to shape much of his early writing. His novels and poems draw on both classic Western literature and the myths and beliefs of his West African heritage, and his work has been compared to magical realists. Okri himself prefers the term ‘dream logic narrative’. He was awarded the OBE in 2011.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Lecturer in Creative Writing in our School of English, has expressed how the University is honoured to have such an important figure in contemporary literature delivering the First Annual Creative Writing Lecture.

Ben Okri’s lecture will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at 6.00pm in the Attenborough Building Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public.