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The Booker Prize Foundation Universities Initiative

University of Stirling

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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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 all students, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.  To reserve a place, please register online here.

For further information on this and other events, view our events at www.stir.ac.uk/events

Do you have questions about The Booker Prize Foundation Universities Initiative? Contact University of Stirling

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Logie Lecture Theatre

University of Stirling
FK9 4LA Stirling
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)


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