Ben Okri – I’m conscious of a series…

I’m conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at…


“I’m conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There’s hardly a day that goes past on which I don’t write poetry.”
-Ben Okri

Ben Okri – One of the greatest gifts…

One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with…


“One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.”
-Ben Okri

Ben Okri – I was born left-handed…

I was born left-handed, but I was made to use my other hand. When…


“I was born left-handed, but I was made to use my other hand. When I was writing ‘Famished Road,’ which was very long, I got repetitive stress syndrome. My right wrist collapsed, so I started using my left hand. The prose I wrote with my left hand came out denser, so later on I had to change it.”
-Ben Okri