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Ben Okri: How to Read Like a Writer

Part of Man Booker 50

Acclaimed novelist and poet Ben Okri discusses how reading can transform the art of writing and living.

Chaired by critic and journalist Alex Clark.

Ben Okri won the Booker Prize in 1991 with The Famished Road. He has published numerous novels including The Age of Magic, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia and Astonishing the Gods, as well as collections of short stories, essays and poetry. His latest books are The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age and Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many.

He was awarded an OBE in 2001. His work has been translated into 26 languages. Okri lives in London.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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