The Freedom Artist: An Evening with Ben Okri
Venue: Bluecoat, 8 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT
Time: 6.30pm (Doors at 6pm)
Tickets: £12/£6 (Students/Over 60’s/Unemployed)
Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer Ben Okri discusses his contribution to literature and his latest novel, The Freedom Artist, an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society.
In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner?
When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question.
Karnak’s search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth.
The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms.
Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction including the Guardian Fiction Prize (1988) and the Man Booker Prize (1991), and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet.
Sarah Maclennan is Head of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches poetry and prose writing at under-graduate and post-graduate level. She is passionate about community writing and her most recent research project involves working on the Learning Together programme, developing an anthology of creative and autobiographical writing with participants who have experience of the criminal justice system.
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