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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 21

Ben Okri and Marcus du Sautoy: Narrative Wizardry

Ben Okri
Marcus du Sautoy
Elleke Boehmer

A breathtaking and unforgettable tour-de-force from two consummate storytellers. Novelist and academic Professor Elleke Boehmer is  their guide. Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri and mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy make a delightfully surprising and dynamic duo as they explore narrative and form in literature and maths.

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of four novels; her biography of Nelson Mandela was widely translated and her edition of Robert Baden Powell’s Scouting for Boys became a bestseller. She was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

Ben Okri is a multi-award-winning writer who has published ten novels, including the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and he has recently published a new novel, The Age of Magic.                      

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, an author, frequent broadcaster and presenter of, most recently, BBC Radio 4’s A Brief History of Mathematics and BBC Four’s Precision: The Measure of All Things.                                                          

With thanks to David and Judy Dangoor

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