WATCH LIVE from 6.00pm: Ben Okri OBE - 'Food, Death and Ritual'

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Ben Okri

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHBB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building , Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Ben Okri OBE, BookerPrize-winning author, will be in conversation with Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, on the topic 'Food, Death and Ritual'.

Hosted by Ken Hom OBE, this event is part of a series of public lectures organised by Oxford Gastronomica, the Oxford School of Hospitality Management's centre for food and cultural studies.

Ben Okri has published many books including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chainti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour Prize.

The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is a vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.

He has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and is an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Cambridge. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1987 he was awarded an OBE in 2001. He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London. Ben Okri's latest novel, The Age of Magic, was published on 23rd October 2014. Following his lecture Ben will be signing copies.

There is no charge to attend this lecture.

A dinner will be held in Ben Okri's honour, after his lecture, in Brookes Restaurant. Tickets cost £49 per head, to include a drink on arrival, three course dinner and wine.