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Ben Okri

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Pages 499 - 507 │ Oxen of the Sun, part I │ Read by Ben Okri

Friends of Shakespeare and Company read Ulysses by James Joyce

Pages 499 - 507 │ Oxen of the Sun, part I │ Read by Ben OkriBen Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. In 2019 Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'.*Looking for our author interview podcast? Listen here: https://podfollow.com/shakespeare-and-companySUBSCRIBE NOW FOR EARLY EPISODES AND BONUS FEATURESAll episodes of our Ulysses podcast are free and available to everyone. However, if you want to be the first to hear the recordings, by subscribing, you can now get early access to recordings of complete sections.Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/channel/shakespeare-and-company/id6442697026Subscribe on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/sandcoIn addition a subscription gets you access to regular bonus episodes of our author interview podcast. All money raised goes to supporting “Friends of Shakespeare and Company” the bookshop’s non-profit.*Discover more about Shakespeare and Company here: https://shakespeareandcompany.comBuy the Penguin Classics official partner edition of Ulysses here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/d/9780241552636/ulyssesFind out more about Hay Festival here: https://www.hayfestival.com/homeAdam Biles is Literary Director at Shakespeare and Company. Find out more about him here: https://www.adambiles.netBuy a signed copy of his novel FEEDING TIME here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/S/9781910296684/feeding-timeDr. Lex Paulson is Executive Director of the School of Collective Intelligence at Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique in Morocco.Original music & sound design by Alex Freiman.Hear more from Alex Freiman here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4gfkDcG32HYlXnBqI0xgQX?si=mf0Vw-kuRS-ai15aL9kLNA&dl_branch=1Follow Alex Freiman on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/alex.guitarfreiman/Featuring Flora Hibberd on vocals.Hear more of Flora Hibberd here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5EFG7rqfVfdyaXiRZbRkpSVisit Flora Hibberd's website: This is my website:florahibberd.com and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/florahibberd/ Music production by Adrien Chicot.Hear more from Adrien Chicot here: https://bbact.lnk.to/utco90/Follow Adrien Chicot on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/adrienchicot/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 Apr 2022

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Ben Okri | Every Leaf a Hallelujah and Astonishing the Gods

Free Library Podcast

In conversation with Cajetan Iheka, Associate Professor of Literature, Yale University, and author of African Ecomedia: Network Forms, Planetary Politics One of Nigeria's most celebrated authors, Ben Okri is the author of many post-colonial novels, poetry, short story collections, and essays. He rose to international fame in 1980 upon the publication of his first novel, Flowers and Shadows, and is perhaps best known for The Famished Road, winner of the 1991 Booker Prize. A fable about the realities we create for ourselves, Astonishing the Gods was included, almost 25 years after its publication, in the BBC's ''100 Novels That Shaped Our World'' list. Every Leaf a Hallelujah, the tale of a young girl searching for a special flower that can cure her ill mother, is a modern-day fairytale written to be read by adults and children alike. Cajetan Iheka is Associate Professor of English at Yale University, author of Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature, editor of Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media, and coeditor of African Migration Narratives: Politics, Race, and Space. (recorded 2/28/2022)


28 Feb 2022

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First Draft - Best of 2021 Ben Okri

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction. His newest book is a short story collection called Prayer for the Living. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


27 Dec 2021

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Ben Okri and Tice Cin (Open the champagne once you've finished)

Book Off!

Booker winning novelist and poet, Ben Okri, goes head to head with poet, writer and artist Tice Cin in a war of the words. In this episode, the two authors discuss their work, their influences, the joy of nature, the power of poetry and how silence can be a healer. They also recommend us some brilliant things to read. In the Book Off, Miguel de Cervantes epic "Don Quixote" goes up against "Fovea/Ages Ago" by Sarah Lasoye - but which one will win!??? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Dec 2021

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e87 kendra fanconi – on the artist brigade, ben okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief & reauthoring the world

conscient podcast / balado conscient

'We are all artists of the Anthropocene. We inherently are because this is the world that we're living in right now. There's no other world. We were down earlier at Robert's Creek (BC) and it's a salmon bearing stream. I think of it like we're artists in the Anthropocene, like fish would be in the ocean: the water is all around us and the Anthropocene is all around us. I think it may be what Ben Okri is tasking us with is: can you describe the water? It's all we know, but we need to be able to look from this moment now into the future and maybe that's the job of artists. We're the visionaries, we can see the future and we can envision it in different ways. I think he speaks to that too at the end of the article about saying part of why we need to talk about the times we're in now is in relationship to a future, whatever that future looks like. And I do spend a lot of time trying to negotiate my belief in the future.'*My 2nd #conscientpodcast conversation with theatre artist and art + climate activist Kendra Fanconi in Robert’s Creek, BC about the ‘Artists Brigade’, Ben Okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief, eco-anxiety & reauthoring the world, with excerpts from e43 haley, e30 maggs & é37 lebeau.


29 Nov 2021

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Sophie Dahl and the Worst Sleepover EVER! And Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri!

Fun Kids Book Worms

In this weeks Book Worms Podcast, Sophie Dahl joins us to chat about her new book The Worst Sleepover Ever, and joins Bex in curating the best sleepover they can! Ben Okri, winner of the Booker Prize for his book Every Leaf a Hallelujah joins us to chat all about the importance of trees and how children are shaping the future with their impact on climate change. Bex also lets us know her honourable mentions with books that she recommends this week! If there is a book that you can't get enough of at the moment, get in touch on our website www.funkidslive.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


17 Nov 2021

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Jools and Jim's Joyride

This week Jools and Jim are joined by Booker Prize winning novelist and poet Ben Okri for a magical metaphorical journey of the mind.Jools and Jim consider how to define an age, while Ben invites the pair to consider the transporting possibilities of music, literature, and even the smell of mince and onions.Ben recalls a vibrant childhood in Lagos, and the three discuss white cars in hot countries, the “cruel smell” of the Thames, and whether a hat can be used as a shopping bag… A Dig! Studios / Warner Music Entertainment podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Oct 2021

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Ben Okri - You're Booked

You're Booked

This week we are honoured to talk to globally acclaimed author, poet, screenwriter and Booker prize winner Ben Okri OBE! Ben has won numerous awards and honorary doctorates for his fiction and poetry and is considered one of the foremost African authors of the modern era. We talked to Ben about the meaning of being, the character of Walt Whitman, the idea of comfort reading and the importance of reading to our humanity.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableDaisy Buchanan - CareeringBen Okri - The Famished RoadBen Okri - Every Leaf a HallelujahMarcel Proust - Swann’s WayMarcel Proust - In the Shadow of Young Girls in FlowerMarcel Proust - The Guermantes WayMarcel Proust - Sodom and GomorrahMarcel Proust - The PrisonerMarcel Proust - The FugitiveMarcel Proust - Time RegainedPlato - The RepublicAristotle - Complete WorksHomer - The OdysseyHomer - The IliadAna Sampson (Ed) - WonderStendahl - La Chartreuse de ParmePaul Zweig - Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman - Leaves of GrassOlivia Laing - The Lonely CityTS Eliot - The Waste LandAlbert Camus - The Plague See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Oct 2021

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50. Ben Okri on Our Famished Forests

Break Out Culture With Ed Vaizey by Country and Town House

Plus the 2021 Cheltenham Literary Festival, StART Fair at Saatchi Gallery and felt artist Lucy Sparrow. We’re reading: Every Leaf a Hallelujah by Ben Okri, illustrated by Diana Ejaita We’re visiting: The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 8th to 17th October https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/ StART Fair 13th to 17th October Saatchi Gallery, London https://startartfair.com With thanks to: Martin Miller’s Gin : https://www.martinmillersgin.com Listeners can claim their 10% discount (up to the value of £6) by using the code breakout2021 at checkout.  This will be applied to any 70cl bottle of qualifying Martin Miller's lines - the original, Westbourne Strength, Summerful Gin, Winterful Gin, and 35cl 9 Moons Special Cask Reserve - purchased on www.masterofmalt.com website only. Valid until 31 October 2021 or while limited promotional stock lasts. Not applicable in conjunction with any other offer. 18+ and subject to Master of Malt’s standard consumer terms of business. Edited and Produced by Audio Coast


10 Oct 2021

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Changing Destiny: How Kwame Kwei-Armah and Ben Okri tell a 4000 year old tale

Off Book - a podcast by the Young Vic

The Young Vic podcast investigates the power of a 4000-year-old story about exile and home: how the tale of Sinuhe inspired Ben Okri to write Changing Destiny. And Kwame Kwei-Armah speaks to Egyptologist Allison Hedges about mummies, myths and the origins of theatre.


20 Aug 2021