On Friday 15 July 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined author Ben Okri on the Royal Festival Hall stage.
The day Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in a landslide victory, he spoke of some of the people who have inspired him on his extraordinary journey. He said ‘The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love.’
The author of those words was Ben Okri. Okri responded with a poem dedicated to Corbyn, titled ‘A New Dream of Politics’. United by a desire to make our world a kinder, fairer place, these two men discussed the forces that have made them who they are, the state of the world today and their shared belief that we can transform ourselves for the better.
Event Date: 3 Aug 2016
Novel (2019) - Head of Zeus
An impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own, by the Man Booker-winner Ben Okri.