Spotlight: Irenosen Okojie

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“I'm an author, curator and Project Manager.”

 

 

British-Nigerian writer, Irenosen Okojie, has had her work 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.



1.What are your main sources of inspiration?

Books, travel, film, music, places, people!

2. Favourite read over the last year?

I'm reading Han Kang's The White Book which is quietly mesmerising.

3. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Barry Jenkins, he's a genius and I love his work or Eartha Kitt if she was still around. She was so distinctive, sexy and mischievous. She really embraced her power as a woman.

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4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

I'd time travel to conversate / hang out with some key cultural figures I admire. A bit like the Gnarls Barkely Smiley Faces video. I'd party with Fela Kuti in Nigeria, do morning writing rituals with Octavia Butler, sit in a June Jordan class, have lunch with Miriam Makeba and Stokely Carmichael during their visit to Algeria. And spend time with Sade while she was making the Lovers Rock album.

5. For what in your life do you feel most grateful for?

My family always and good friends. People who've supported my writing.


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Read an excerpt from Irenosen’s latest literary project featured in POSTSCRIPT’s Issue 1.