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Irenosen Okojie

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Irenosen Okojie is a writer, curator and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian and the Observer.

Her short stories have been published internationally, including the Kwani 07 and Phatitude.

She was a selected writer by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Writer in Residence for TEDx East End. In 2014, she was the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. She is a mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson.
She lives in east London.

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Irenosen Okojie at #HLF16

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Hillingdon Literary Festival, Brunel University, London, Uxbridge, 7-9th October 2016

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Saturday 8th October at 13:00: ‘Unravelling Identities’ with Ann Morgan & Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen’s new short story collection SPEAK GIGANTULAR is available here: http://amzn.to/2aWO5wl

Irenosen’s debut novel BUTTERFLY FISH is available here: http://amzn.to/2c8Pkt8

 

 

Black British writers: we're more than just Zadie Smith and Monica Ali by Irenosen Okojie

From The Guardian Comment is Free:

Months back I was trudging through the streets of Dalston when I spotted a copy of Simi Bedford’s Yoruba Girl Dancing in a charity shop window. It evoked the same emotion that stumbling into an old school friend might – part nostalgia and part wonder at the old magic. I found myself inside the store reaching for it, just as I had done years ago as a teenager. The book is a hilarious, touching read about a Nigerian girl sent to boarding school in England. Back then, it resonated with me deeply. I too had been a young Nigerian girl sent to England at the age of eight to attend boarding school in Norfolk. Its recounting of otherness in an unfamiliar land made me laugh and recall my own experiences. There was something about that dancing silhouette on the cover that seemed hopeful, unburdened somehow, and, though I’d been enamoured of the talents of Roald Dahl and Harper Lee, it was refreshing to see an author who looked like me.

As I left the shop, it made me wonder: whatever happened to Simi Bedford? I know she wrote another novel, Not With Silver, but whatever happened not just to her, but to the career trajectories of other black and Asian female British authors?

Read more on the Guardian website: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/23/black-british-writers-more-than-zadie-smith-monica-ali

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