About

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Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight.  She attended Gresham’s Boarding School in Holt, Norfolk for several years before becoming a pupil at St Angelas Convent School in east London.

In her early teens, she attended Stamford Boarding School for girls in Stamford, Lincolnshire for a brief period then returned to London to finish her secondary education. 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.

A liberatingly odd, seductive and fearless talent.
— Laline Paull, author of The Bees, shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.

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 featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally.

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

She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and was featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors.

Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, published by Jacaranda Books won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize and shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards. She was the Writer in Residence for Tedx East End and the Short Story Mentor for the Pen to Print project supported by publisher Constable & Robinson. She is the Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize.