The Artist of Our Freedom: Ben Okri, 23rd October 2019

Our sister project Dragon Cafe in the City is hosting a live reading event with Ben Okri from 7pm – 8pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at the Barbican Library (map).

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 and his books have won numerous international prizes. The recipient of a number of 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. 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.

Hear from Okri as he reads from his published works and speaks with Lamis Bayar, Chair of Mental Fight Club and Dragon Café in the City co-founder, about madness and reason, freedom and living.


Doors open for refreshments at 6.30pm.

Download a poster for this event here.