Ben Okri
Reflections on a Writing Life

Nigerian-born poet and Man Booker Prize winning author of The Famished Road, Ben Okri joins literary critic, Ángel Gurría-Quintana, to reflect on his life and literary career. Mystical, meditative and otherworldly, Ben Okri’s new book The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age manifests his mastery of language, uncurling a creative spirit that creeps into the very corners of his reader’s imagination. A magical event.

About the speakers
Ben Okri is a poet and novelist who was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001. He lives in London.

Ángel Gurría-Quintana is a translator, journalist and academic. He has reviewed extensively for Financial Times and continues to write for various newspapers and magazines, alongside his work as a literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese. He is also the co-curator of FlipSide Literary Festival, in Suffolk.


Please note: the venue for this event has changed. The event will now take place in the Old Divinity School (St. John’s College), not the Palmerston Room.

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