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, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. In 2019 Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’. Ben Okri is known for his electrifying imagery and for his passionate response to the issues of our day. He is a poet who engages with reality, and with what lies beyond reality – the imaginary, the visionary, the inexplicable.