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Ben Okri

on four lines of poetry

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. 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. In 2009 he published Tales of Freedom bringing together poetry and story. His latest book is Wild, his first collection of poetry in more than a decade.