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Swindon Literature Festival: Ben Okri
What makes us free, fraught, fragile, fabulous, fearful, or even frolicsome? What links us to sabre-tooth tigers, tiny mice, and the stars?
Author of nine novels, including the Booker prize-winning Famished Road, essayist, and short story writer, Ben Okri OBE now presents Wild, his first book of poems for more than a decade. His previous two were An African Elegy and Mental Flight.
In Wild, Ben Okri explores places where energy meets freedom, where art meets the elemental, and where what is wild in us is celebrated as an alternative to what is familiar.
Poet and novelist born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, Okri is considered one of the foremost African writers of the post-modern period.
At 21 he published his first novel Flowers and Shadows and in 1991 The Famished Road which won the Booker Prize. The mixture of the real and the spiritual worlds in which he particularly draws on the myths and beliefs of his African heritage has often led Okri to be categorised as a magical realist although it is a categorisation he rejects.
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Venue: Swindon Arts Centre
6 Devizes Road
SN1 4BJ 51.551853, -1.776980
Phone: 01793 614837