Booker Prize-winning author in conversation for Ken Hom annual lecture

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ben Okri

This year’s Ken Hom Lecture will see Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri OBE, in conversation with Oxford Brookes’ Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Donald Sloan on Tuesday (2nd December). The topic of discussion will be ‘Food, Death and Ritual’.

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.

The lecture will begin at 6pm in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre on the Gipsy Lane campus. The lecture is free and open to members of the public to attend but booking is required. 

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.

The Booker Prize archives are held at Oxford Brookes.