AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING (Talk Series) featuring Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Ben Okri
Thursday 7 July 2011, 7.20 pm (doors) 7.45 pm (start)
Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
8.00 / 4.00 (conc/limted) [ SOLD OUT ]
To celebrate the South Bank’s history as a brewery site, African Writers’ Evening explores the role of the bar as a key location in fiction. The evening features readings and conversation with Ben Okri, whose Madame Koto’s Bar plays a pivotal role in the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of the novel In Dependence, in which bars in Oxford, Jos and San Francisco play a role. The readings and discussions will be moderated by writer and social commentator, Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
Ben Okri: Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in Minna, northern Nigeria and grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria. A former poetry editor for West Africa magazine, he started writing in the 70s but came to prominence in 1991 when his third novel, The Famished Road, the first in a trilogy, won the Booker Prize for fiction. Ben has won several awards since then, including the Premio Palmi (Italy) and was named an OBE in 2001. His most recent book is A Time for New Dreams, a book of essays.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika: Raised in Nigeria, Sarah Ladipo Manyika has lived in Kenya, England and France. After undergraduate study in the Universities of Birmingham and Bordeaux, she completed her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley and now lectures in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Sarah has published essays, academic papers, book reviews and short stories. Her novel, In Dependence, was published in 2008.