Chigozie Obioma in conversation and The Fishermen
Sunday 7 July, 15:30 – 18:30
£20 / £18 / £15 / £12 for RAS Members
A double-bill of mythic Igbo traditions including a staged reading and a conversation with Chigozie Obioma
Man Booker shortlisted novelist Chigozie Obioma discusses his writing, Igbo mythology and stories of the everyday with Irenosen Okojie. In a conversation with readings from The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities, we explore blurred lines between myth and reality, thoughts on fatherhood, and reworking ancient Greek classics with Igbo cosmology. The evening opens with evocative staged reading of The Fishermen, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan.
Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the United States. He is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His debut novel, The Fishermen, is winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (Los Angeles Times Book Prizes); and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015, as well as for several other prizes in the US and UK. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.
The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma
Adapted for the stage by Gbolahan Obisesan.
Based on the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel by one of Africa’s major new voices, New Perspectives presents a staged reading Chigozie Obioma’s powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by Fringe First-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.
Tickets include both the play and conversation. Suitable for ages 16+
Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British author. Her books have won and been shortlisted for multiple awards. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic talent to watch and was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Image: Chigozie Obioma by Jason Keith
In partnership with New Perspectives