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Ben Okri

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Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist considered one of the finest African writers within the postcolonial tradition. In 1991 he was awarded the Booker prize for his novel The Famished Road. Other fiction includes Astonishing the Gods (1995); Dangerous Love (1996), which was awarded the Premio Palmi (Italy) in 2000; In Arcadia (2002) and Starbook (2007). A collection of poems, An African Elegy, was published in 1992, and an epic poem, Mental Flight, in 1999. He published a collection of essays, A Way of Being Free, in 1997 and his novel The Age of Magic was published in 2014. Ben is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001. His latest book, The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age, is a collaboration with artist Rosemary Clunie that has been ten years in the making.

In 2015, in response to Jeremy Corbyn's first speech as Leader of the Labour Party, in which Okri was cited, he composed a poem dedicated to Corbyn, entitled 'A New Dream of Politics'.

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