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A Fire in My Head
07 Jan 2021 * HARDBACK * £9.99 * 9781800243002

A collection of new and recently completed poems by Ben Okri covering topics of the day, such as the refugee crisis, racism, Obama, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Corona outbreak.

Fiction / DCF (Poetry)
Extent: 160 pages  Format: 180 x 110 mm
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A Fire in My HeadBen Okri

A powerful collection of new and recently completed poems by Ben Okri covering topics of the day, such as the refugee crisis, racism, Obama, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Corona outbreak.

In our times of crisis
The mind has its powers

This book brings together many of Ben Okri's most acclaimed and politically charged poems.

Some of them, like 'Grenfell Tower, June 2017', are already familiar. Published in the Financial Times less than ten days after the fire, it was played more than 6 million times on Channel 4's Facebook page, and was retweeted by thousands on Twitter.

'Notre-Dame is Telling Us Something' was first read on BBC Radio 4, in the aftermath of the cathedral's near destruction. It spoke eloquently of the despair that was felt around the world.

In 'shaved head poem', Ben Okri wrote of the confusion and anxiety felt as the world grappled with a health crisis unprecedented in our times.

'Breathing the Light' was his response to the events of summer 2020, when a black man died beneath the knee of a white policeman, a tragedy sparking a movement for change.

These poems, and others including poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa, Barack Obama, Amnesty and more, make this a uniquely powerful collection that blends anger and tenderness with Ben Okri's inimitable vision.

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'.

Over 6 million views of Grenfell Tower June 2017 poem on Facebook alone.

The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and Astonishing the Gods was selected by the BBC as one of '100 Novels that Shaped Our World'.

Ben Okri is a regular commentator on current affairs; his poem for Grenfell Tower was watched more than 6 million times on Channel 4 News' Facebook page.

MARKET: 1984 by George Orwell; Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many compiled by Ben Okri; The Sellout by Paul Beatty; V for Vendetta by Alan Moore; Rupi Kaur; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.


PRAISE FOR BEN OKRI:
'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith.
'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power' Marlon James on The Freedom Artist. ,

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