Irenosen Okojie – Workshop & Salon

“Okojie delves into the painful, the unsayable, the unknowable. Her prose is precise and illuminating. — Bernadine Evaristo, The Guardian

Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager and author of Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, which won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC, and the Huffington Post. Hailed by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine, she is one of London’s most exciting new authors. Find her at and @IrenosenOkojie.

We’re delighted that Irenosen Okojie, award-winning novelist, short story writer and judge of this year’s 2017 Berlin Writing Prize, will be joining us in the German capital this September. 


On Sunday 10th September, join award winning-author Irenosen Okojie for a workshop in which the subject of voice will be thoroughly investigated.  Perfect for writers who want to overcome writers’ block or strengthen their existing practice, the workshop is suitable for writers of all levels.Over the course of the day, via discussion, exercises and prompts, Irenosen will help you build the core skills to develop your own voice as a writer. Details for the workshop can be found here.


Following on from our Sunday workshop, come along for our first salon after the summer break on Monday September 11th, when Irenosen will be in conversation with The Reader’s Victoria Gosling. Featuring a short interview, readings and a Q&A with the audience, the event is made possible but our wonderful hosts at The Circus Hotel. For more details see our webpage for the event.


Butterfly Fish, Irenosen’s debut novel, was published by Jacaranda Books, won a prestigious Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award.

‘With wry humour and a deft touch, Butterfly Fish, the outstanding first novel by a stunning new writer, is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling. A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style and graceful, effortless prose.’ – Good Reads 

Speak Gigantular, her short story collection, was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize and shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards.

‘Speak Gigantular is a startling short story collection from one of Britain’s rising literary stars. These stories are captivating, erotic, enigmatic and disturbing. Irenosen Okojie’s gift is in her understated humour, her light touch, her razor-sharp assessment of the best and worst of humankind, and her unflinching gaze into the darkest corners of the human experience.’ – Good Reads


Find our more about Irenosen Okojie by checking out her interview with The Circus as well as her website.

Any questions, please feel free to contact

**PLEASE NOTE Spaces are limited so please RSVP to to secure your place**

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