The Simpsons Namedrop Ben Okri

An author knows they’ve hit the big time when they are namedropped in The Simpsons. Ben Okri has truly made the crossover between African literature and popular culture and comfortably inhabits both spaces as The Famished Road is gifted to…

Storytelling and Science

Ben Okri contends that the oldest technology in the world is… Storytelling. “We are storytelling beings” and even our most rational and calculated thought is far better represented as a narrative: Einstein made relativity accessible by the story of two…

Translation in Africa: The Translated Book Awards Longlisters

Forever supplying us with lists of newly published and newly found talent, blogger Bookshy has opened up a whole new world of African authors usually left inaccessible to the strict Anglophones among us. In digging through the archives of the…


Sunday 5 July, 13:00 – 14:00 FREE, Aimed at 8-10 year olds

The Wedding Week

Sunday 5 July, 11:00 – 12:00 FREE, Aimed at 5-7 year olds

Ben Okri on the Late Chinua Achebe

“He was a man who answered the questions of his times, the times in which he found himself, in tough, brief, elegant novels and in doing that actually helped to create a language of literature in which many of us…

Caine Prize Reading Group Event

Saturday 4th July, 11.00 – 12.00, FREE: This is an event for reading group members to meet the short-listed writers and discuss their stories.