5 speakers 15 minutes each
Poetry For The Many
Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist considered one of the finest African writers within the postcolonial tradition. He has published many books, including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize, and The Age of Magic. He has also written several poetry collections, including An African Elegy, Mental Fight and Wild. His work has been translated into 27 languages and has won numerous international prizes. ABOUT THE EVENT & THE BOOK Ben Okri leads special guests in an evening of poetry and protest. On the evening of 11th July at Conway Hall in central London a special event is planned to celebrate Booker Prize winner Ben Okri’s new book Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many, a new collection for which he has selected 100 poems from around the world that celebrate the many voices of politics, from polemics to meditations, from Shakespeare to Bob Marley. Many of these poems have resonated with readers over lifetimes and through generations, from William Blake to Marvin Gaye. In exploring the impact political poems have on ideas, vision, protest, change and truth, Okri demonstrates how the need for this strand of poetry is as great as it has ever been, and its inspiration just as powerful. Readers include:
- David Calder - much loved actor who recently appeared in the movie The Lady in the Van and as Julius Caesar in the Nicholas Hytner's Julius Caesar, at the Bridge Theatre.
- Columnist and author Laurie Penny - has contributed articles to publications such as The Guardian, and the Next Statesman, and has written two books on feminism.
- Photograper Giles Duley - best known for his work documenting the long term impact of war. He is the founder of the Legacy Of War Foundation.
- Helena Kennedy, a barrister, broadcaster and Labour member of the House of Lords.
- Writer and filmmaker Tariq Ali - has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review.
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