On Thursday, March 5th, the hall at the KVS in Brussels was filled to the brim for the reading of Ben Okri about the role of art in contemporary society. It was a memorable evening with an impressive lecture and a call to use our creativity to shape our ideals.
Watch his full lecture (split into two parts), which he wrote specifically for 11.11.11, in the above videos.
Ben Okri was born in Nigeria on March 15, 1959. His parents emigrated to Great-Britain when he was only 1.5 years old. They returned when he was 7.
He witnessed the Nigerian civil war at first hand from the ghetto of Lagos.
At the age of 19, he moved back to England.
His breakthrough as a writer came in 1991, when he won the prestigious Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road. His most recent book (November 2014) is The Age of Magic.
Ben Okri is a versatile writer. He has published novels, poetry, short stories and essays, as well as plays and film scripts. He has written all the texts of the latest Belgian director Peter Kruger movie, N-The Madness of Reason.
Ben Okri is considered to be one of the most important African authors alive.
2014 The age of magic, Head of Zeus
2012 Wild, Rider Books
2011 A Time for New Dreams, Rider Books
2009 Tales of Freedom, Rider Books
2007 Starbook, Rider Books (roman)
2002 In Arcadia, Weidenfeld & Nicolson - Nederlandse vertaling 'In Atcadië' (roman)
1999 Mental Fight, Phoenix House - Nederlandse vertaling 'Gevecht in de geest' (gedichten)
1998 Infinite Riches, Phoenix House - Nederlandse vertaling 'Onmetelijke rijkdom' ( roman)
1997 A Way of Being Free, Phoenix House - Nederlandse vertaling 'Een vorm van vrijheid' ( non-fictie)
1996 Dangerous Love, Phoenix House - Nederlandse vertaling 'Een gevaarlijke liefde' (roman)
1995 Birds of Heaven, Orion (non-fictie)
1995 Astonishing the Gods, Phoenix House - Nederlandse vertaling 'De onzichtbare' (roman)
1993 Songs of Enchantment, Cape - Nederlandse vertaling 'Toverzangen' ( roman)
1992 An African Elegy, Cape (gedichten)
1991 The Famished Road, Cape - Nederlandse vertaling 'De hongerende weg' (roman)
1988 Stars of the New Curfew, Secker & Warburg - Nederlandse vertaling 'Roodbestoven stad' (verhalen)
1986 Incidents at the Shrine, Heinemann (verhalen)
1981 The Landscapes Within, Longman (roman)
1980 Flowers and Shadows, Longman (roman)