Featured news about and from Ben Okri - Award winning poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright.
These will be activities in which he is taking part, poetry readings, art exhibitions, film screenings, theatre productions, political events, and the various aspects of his activism. Any news items deemed worthwhile to share, will also be shown on these pages.
Ben Okri’s ode to the corner shop – Timeout Magazine
Monday 9 March 2020
‘the corner shop’, a poem by Ben Okri, a Nigerian novelist, poet and winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction. – Timeout Magazine the air unchanged, the muggy light, newspapers stand, the deck of sweets, and the never-altered counter. it’s the canned food on the top shelves. they’ve been there for some time, never quite…
‘The Freedom Artist’ Is A Perfect Read For A Post-Truth Era – NPR
Saturday 8 February 2020
NPR’s Ilana Masad reviewed Ben Okri’s ‘The Freedom Artist’ “The Freedom Artist is an unsettling read — its tone lulled me, as if I were a child reading a fairy tale, into a sense of comfort, only to yank me to attention when it reminded me this wasn’t the Disney version, as it were, but…
BOUNDLESS: AFRICA – A voice in the Wind
Sunday 2 February 2020
As part of the 2019–2020 WORLD STAGES season, the Kennedy Center presents the literary mini-series Boundless: Africa on February 4 and 5, 2020, featuring Ben Okri. The special program combines performances, panel discussions, and readings, which will be held at the Kennedy Center’s REACH campus in Washington, D.C. and at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia….
This Christmas, the FT commissioned Ben Okri to write ‘The Songbird’s Silence’ for the FT and Zoological Society of London
Tuesday 7 January 2020
This Christmas, the FT commissioned Booker Prize winner Ben Okri to write a children’s story. ‘The Songbird’s Silence’ is based on the very real issue of deforestation and is part of the FT Appeal for conservation charity the Zoological Society of London
‘The Songbird’s Silence.’ – ecological story for the Financial Times by Ben Okri
Saturday 21 December 2019
This Christmas the FT commissioned Booker Prize winner Ben Okri to write a children’s short story. The Songbird’s Silence is based on the very real issue of deforestation and endangered species, and the animated film is part of the FT Appeal for conservation charity the Zoological Society of London. Read the Article Here
In 2019 ‘ Astonishing the Gods’ was named as one of the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped our world.
Tuesday 5 November 2019
The BBC asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to choose 100 genre-busting novels that have had an impact on their lives. The panel was Radio 4 Front Row presenter and Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell, broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, authors Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal and Alexander McCall Smith, and Bradford Festival…
A Poem for The Booker Prize by Ben Okri
Tuesday 22 October 2019
Ben Okri won The Booker Prize in 1991 with The Famished Road. Okri has written a poem for The Booker Prize to celebrate the prize and mark the generosity of its years funded by the Man Group and the exciting transition to a new partnership with Crankstart. Read on thebookerprizes.com A Poem for The Booker Prize The beauty…
Ben Okri and David Hare – Banned Books Week: Walled In
Monday 23 September 2019
Writers consider walls in literature and in our lives With David Hare and Ben Okri. Chaired by Samira Ahmed. David Hare is a playwright and film-maker. He has written over thirty plays which include Plenty, Racing Demon and Skylight. His many screenplays include The Hours, The Reader and the Worricker trilogy. Ben Okri is a…
Ben Okri’s collaborates with painter Rosemary Clunie at The Royal Overseas League
Wednesday 13 March 2019
The exhibition looks at the link between Literature and Art with a focus on how the book “The Magic Lamp: Dreams of our Age” is a wonderful and creative collaboration between Art and Literature.