Booker Prize Foundation's Universities Initiative - Ben Okri

11 Oct ‘16

7.00PM - 8.00PM

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling, Stirling

The University of Stirling is pleased to welcome you to a literary event with Ben Okri, author of the Booker prize-winning The Famished Road.

At this special event, you will have the opportunity to hear Ben Okri read extracts from his novel before taking part in a question and answer session.  He will also be signing copies of The Famished Road after the reading, and the novel will be available to buy on the night at cost price.

The Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative is an international scheme designed to encourage students to read contemporary fiction.  Funded by The Booker Prize Foundation and the University of Stirling, each new first year undergraduate student will receive the gift of a free copy of Ben Okri's acclaimed book, winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991.

The Famished Road
The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells are full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the realm of the dead, he is resurrected to confront the tension between the land of the living, often joyful despite violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits.

Ben Okri
Ben Okri was born in 1959 in northern Nigeria. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1987, and was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Westminster (1997) and Essex (2002).

In 1991 Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his third novel The Famished Road (1991). In addition to numerous novels, he is the author of a collection of poems, An African Elegy (1992) and an epic poem, Mental Flight (1999). Ben Okri is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was awarded an OBE in 2001. He lives in London.

This event is free and open to students, staff and the wider community.  To book a place at this popular event, please register in advance here.

Getting here

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling

Please note that due to construction works on campus, part of the main Cottrell car park is currently out of use. If you are due to attend an event in Logie Lecture Theatre and wish to park on campus we would recommend that the South car park and East car parks would give the easiest pedestrian access to Logie Lecture Theatre. Visitors with mobility issues should park in the lower level of the main Cottrell car park and should use the internal route within the Cottrell Building (via the A-corridor) to access Logie Lecture Theatre. Please see below maps for further details.

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Internal route to Logie Lecture Theatre

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