Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, and playwright. His novel, ‘The Famished Road’, won the Booker Prize in 1991. His works have been translated into 26 languages. He has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Ben Okri's books have won numerous international prizes. 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. He also wrote the film script for the film ' N: The Madness of Reason.' He is an honorary fellow of Mansfield college, Oxford. His book ‘Astonishing the Gods’ was chosen by the BBC as one of the most influential novels written over the last 300 years.
He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London. His latest novel is ‘The Freedom Artist.’ His latest book, a volume of stories, is ‘Prayer for the Living’ and a new collection of poems ‘A Fire in my Head’ is due to be published at the end of the year.