Ben Okri has published many books, including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize, and The Age of Magic. His work has been translated into 26 languages and won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Ginzane Cavour Prize.
The recipient of many honourary doctorates, he is a vice-president of the English Centre for International PEN and was presented with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.
He has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity Colelge Cambridge and is an honorary fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1997, he was awarded an OBE in 2001.
He was born in Nigeria, and lives in London.