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FREE | Creative Conversations: Irenosen Okojie

February 21, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am EST

Creative Conversations Irenosen Okojie

About this event

Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. She studied Communications and Visual Culture at London Metropolitan University. Along the way, she worked as a freelance writer, marketing assistant and editorial Assistant. She is a freelance Arts Project Manager and curator. She was the National Development Coordinator at Apples & Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organization and a Publicity Officer for The Caine Prize For Fiction tour. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe ObserverThe Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally.

Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, published by Jacaranda Books won a Betty Trask Award. It was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

Irenosen is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for her story, Grace Jones. A fellow and Vice Chair of The Royal Society of Literature, she is the co-presenter of the BBC’s Novels That Shaped Our World podcast, Turn Up For The Books alongside Simon Savidge and Bastille frontman, Dan Smith, a follow up to the TV series.

She was awarded an MBE For Services to Literature in 2021.

Note: this eventbrite is for online tickets. You will be sent the zoom link prior to the event and you can also find it in the online event page.

Creative Conversations is funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.


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