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Ben Okri Showcase

LSE Literary Weekend/ Poet in the City 'Poetry and Choices' series

Poet in the City and LSE are honoured to be holding a special showcase event with the world famous poet and writer Ben Okri. Born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, he became world famous as a writer in 1991 when he won the Booker prize for his novel The Famished Road. Set in a Nigerian village, this was the first in a trilogy of successful novels about Azaro, a spirit child. In all he has published eight novels, and won countless awards and honours for his writing. His latest novel, Starbook, was published in 2007.

Ben Okri is also a distinguished poet Poetry editor for West Africa magazine between 1983 and 1986, collection of his poems, An African Elegy, was published in the UK in 1992, and an epic poem, Mental Flight, was published in 1999. Appropriately, in his latest book, Tales of Freedom (2009), he brings together poetry and story. He also writes short stories, essays and plays. Ben Okri, who now lives in London, was awarded an OBE in 2001.

Ben Okri will be reading from his own work and will be in conversation with a guest interviewer.

This event is part of the 'Poetry and Choices' series, organised in conjunction with Poet in the City. Other events in the series include Poetry and Choices panel discussion with some of the UK's leading poets and a New Audiences event. Poet in the City is a registered charity committed to attracting new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry, and raising money to support poetry education, in particular the placing of poets in schools.

This is part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend, the LSE's first ever Literary Festival, celebrating the completion of the New Academic Building.


Ben Okri | talks


Date and Time:

28 February 2009 at 1:30 pm


1 hour



Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics & Political Science
New Academic Building
Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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This event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. One ticket per person may be requested from 10am on Tuesday 17 February.

Members of the public can request one ticket via the online ticket request form which will be live on www.lse.ac.uk/events from 10.00am on Tuesday 17 February.

Additional Information:

For more information, visit www.lse.ac.uk/collections/spaceForThought/literaryWeekend.

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