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 Angela's 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.
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 New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally.
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 Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. It was selected by film director Carol Morley as an Observer Summer Read. Irenosen has been a judge for The Society of Authors, The London Short Story Prize, The Royal Society Of Literature, Berlin Writing Prize and Henley Literary Festival. She has moderated panels for the Southbank Centre, Africa Writes, English PEN, Birmingham Literature Festival and others. She was recently made a fellow of The Royal Society Of Literature as part of their 40 Under 40 initiative. Her next two books, Nudibranch and Curandera have been signed by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books. She lives in east London.