Irenson Okojie

Irenson Okojie

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Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. She studied Communications and Visual Culture at London Metropolitan University. Along the way, she worked as a freelance writer, Marketing Assistant and Editorial Assistant. She is a freelance Arts Project Manager and Coordinator. She was the National Development Coordinator at Apples & Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organisation and a Publicity Officer for The Caine Prize For Fiction tour. She worked with The Southbank Centre on their live children’s show Peter & the Wolf and has programmed for Duckie for their series of interactive nights. She was a selected writer for the Flight mentorship scheme for young writers run by Spread the Word.

Her work has been published by The Observer, The Guardian, Kwani literary magazine, Ether Books, Arcadia Books, Fiction Uncovered, Flipped Eye, Jungle Jim Magazine, Phatitude Magazine, Friction, Pride Magazine and BFM.

Her writing has featured on Resonance FM and been performed by White Rabbit Theatre Company.

She was a selected artist for the Theatre Royal Stratford East 30 Nigeria House international Project. She is the 2014 advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, the Writer in Residence for TEDxEastEnd and the short story mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson. Her novel, Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask award, and her debut short-story collection, Speak Gigantular was just shortlisted for the 2017 Jhalak Prize in the UK.