Irenosen Okojie


Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-British writer, curator and Arts Project Manager. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian and the Observer, and her short stories have been published internationally. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize and was Writer in Residence for TEDx East End. In 2014, she was the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize and in 2015 the Evening Standard named her as one of the top debut novelists of the summer with for her novel Butterfly Fish. She is a mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson and lives in east London.
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   Speak Gigantular (2016)
   Nudibranch (2019)
   The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2020 (2020) (with Erica Sugo Anyadike, Chikodili Emeladu, Jowhor Ile and Remy Ngamije)
Anthologies edited
   Flight (2009)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2016) : Butterfly Fish
Jhalak Prize Best Book nominee (2016) : Speak Gigantular

Irenosen Okojie recommends
Everything Under (2018)
Daisy Johnson
"Hypnotic, disquieting and thrilling. A concoction of folklore, identity and belonging which sinks its fangs into the heart of you."
Alligator and Other Stories (2020)
Dima Alzayat
"Gloriously hypnotic. These charged, visceral stories get under the skin and stay there. This collection heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice."
A River Called Time (2021)
Courttia Newland
"Gloriously enthralling. An immersive, ambitious reimagining of the city from a formidable British voice. Newland's magnum opus."

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