The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age

The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
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We welcome Booker Prize-winning writer Ben Okri to St James's Church for the first time. Ben Okri is the author of 18 books including The Famished Road, Songs of Enchantment and The Age of Magic

Ben Okri joins us this evening for a talk and reading from his new book The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age

Twenty-five stories, twenty-five paintings, five years to write, ten years to paint. This is an extraordinary collaboration between artist and artist: the Booker Prize-winning writer Ben Okri and the painter Rosemary Clunie. Together they have created a world, and peopled it with dreams.

Twenty-five fairy tales for adults, these narratives are a response to our times, informed by our world but not limited by it, imaginative, enchanting, haunting – both prescient and prophetic. 

Please join us for a unique and beautiful evening


About the speaker, Ben Okri

Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Since he published his first novel, Flowers and Shadows (1980), Okri has risen to an international acclaim, and he often is described as one of Africa's leading writers.

 His best known work, The Famished Road, which was awarded the 1991 Booker Prize, along with Songs of Enchantment and Infinite Riches make up a trilogy that follows the life of Azaro, a spirit-child narrator, through the social and political turmoil of an African nation reminiscent of Okri's remembrance of war-torn Nigeria.

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