“A liberatingly odd, seductive and fearless talent.” — Laline Paull
We’re delighted that Irenosen Okojie, award-winning novelist, short story writer and judge of this year’s 2017 Berlin Writing Prize, will be joining us in the German capital this September. Come along for our first salon after the summer break on Monday September 11th, when Irenosen will be in conversation with The Reader’s Victoria Gosling. Featuring a short interview, readings and a Q&A with the audience, the event is made possible but our wonderful hosts at The Circus.
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Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager and author of Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, which won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC, and the Huffington Post. Hailed by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine, she is one of London’s most exciting new authors. Find her at www.irenosenokojie.com and @IrenosenOkojie.
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Butterfly Fish, Irenosen’s debut novel, was published by Jacaranda Books, won a prestigious Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award.
‘With wry humour and a deft touch, Butterfly Fish, the outstanding first novel by a stunning new writer, is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling. A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style and graceful, effortless prose.’ – Good Reads
Speak Gigantular, her short story collection, was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize and shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards.
‘Speak Gigantular is a startling short story collection from one of Britain’s rising literary stars. These stories are captivating, erotic, enigmatic and disturbing. Irenosen Okojie’s gift is in her understated humour, her light touch, her razor-sharp assessment of the best and worst of humankind, and her unflinching gaze into the darkest corners of the human experience.’ – Good Reads