Bradford Literature Festival is delighted to welcome Man Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri, for an unforgettable discussion, exploring the inspirations and philosophies of one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary writers.

Okri’s work has been greatly influenced by his belief in the magic of everyday life and his ruminations on the nature of reality. Born in Nigeria but brought up in London, Okri grew up in a tradition where there were simply more dimensions to reality than that which his five senses could show him; a world where myths and ancestors, spirits and death were equally as real.

This enchanting event is a rare opportunity to see Ben Okri in conversation, as he shares the topics closest to his heart, which have inspired his novels and poetry throughout his career. Okri will explore the influence that philosophy, oral African traditions and unbridled curiosity have had on his work and reflect on how embracing different perceptions of reality can often reveal profound truths, both in fiction and in real life.

About The Speaker

Ben Okri

Ben Okri is a highly acclaimed author and poet whose many books include The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991. His work blends history, myth and folktales to explore the workings of the soul and the nature of humanity and has been translated into 26 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been presented the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding. He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London.


About The Chair

Anita Sethi

Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Granta and New Statesman and appeared on BBC radio. She has interviewed many writers, musicians and artists, appeared at festivals around the world, and is a Judge of the Costa Book Prize 2018. She was born in Manchester, UK.