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.