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 poetic collaboration with Grace Wales Bonner opens at The Serpentine
Saturday 2 February 2019
Wales Bonner asked Okri to write a series of texts for the gallery’s walls, and she was very relieved when he said yes: “It’s given me a real confidence, that such important people have trusted me.” Okri’s consent might have surprised her, but it probably didn’t come as a shock to those around her. She’s remarkably focused and determined.
Ben Okri publishes new novel, The Freedom Artist.
Friday 1 February 2019
‘Ben Okri’s most significant novel since his Man Booker Prize-winning masterpiece The Famished Road, The Freedom Artist weaves together ancient myth and modern politics for an impassioned story primed for the post-truth age. A story of love and loss, fiercely told and impossible to ignore’ Waterstones, ‘The Best Books to Look Out For in 2019’.
Ben Okri Graham Norton BBC Radio 2
Sunday 20 January 2019
Joining Graham this week is the record producer Trevor Horn chatting about his new 80s inspired retro album, poet and author Ben Okri discussing his new novel The Freedom Artist, and chef James Martin on his new TV series and book. Plus there’s Grill Graham with Maria McErlane. BBC Website
Ben Okri in Jaipur Literature Festival 2019
Sunday 13 January 2019
In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, Man Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri spoke about his latest novel The Freedom Artist; the need to fight for justice in society, and the collaborative relationships within the writing community.
The Outsider, adapted by Ben Okri wins The Offies Award for best theatre Production
Thursday 13 December 2018
Stars from theatre and television world, critics and theatre lovers gathered on Sun 3 February in the beautiful newly-renovated Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre to celebrate the 9th Off West End Theatre Awards, the Offies. With OFFIES director Geoffrey Brown presiding over the ceremony, the awards were presented by theatre luminaries including critic Lyn…
Ben Okri at the Edinburgh Festival. August 2018
Monday 13 August 2018
Which came first, the image or the word? It’s hard to tell in The Magic Lamp, Ben Okri’s collaboration with painter Rosemary Clunie. Subtitled Dreams of Our Age, it’s a collection of twenty-five enchanting, haunting stories, each accompanied by a dreamlike painting.
Missing Nigerian masterpiece found in north London flat
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri called it “the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years”. “It is a cause for celebration, a potentially transforming moment in the world of art,” he added. Read the full article on BBC News
Ben Okri – London to Lagos
Monday 21 December 2015
Novelist and poet Ben Okri had his first novel, Flowers and Shadows, published when he was 21, and has devoted much of his work to describing the social and political chaos in Nigeria, where he was born. His book The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and his most recent novel is called The Age…