5x15: An evening with Jeremy Corbyn & Ben Okri

On 12th September 2015 Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in a landslide victory. On that day he spoke of some of the people who have inspired him on his extraordinary journey. He said: ‘The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love..’ The author of that quote was Ben Okri. 

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist considered one of the finest African writers within the postcolonial tradition. In 1991 he was awarded the Booker prize for his novel The Famished Road. Other fiction includes Astonishing the Gods, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia and Starbook. A collection of poems, An African Elegy, was published in 1992, and an epic poem, Mental Flight, in 1999. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001.

Okri responded to Corbyn's speech with a poem dedicated to him called A New Dream of Politics. 

Now, join us as these two men meet for the first time live on stage. United by a desire to make our world a kinder, fairer place, they will discuss forces that have made them what they are, the state of the world today and their belief that we can transform ourselves for the better.

Tickets are available at https://tickets.southbankcentre.co.uk/booking/production/syos/97494?performance#

July 15, 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd Unit 9
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
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