Books, Ben Okri & Book Aid International: Join us at Hay 2022

26th April 2022 | News

In this year’s Book Aid International platform at Hay Festival, the Booker Prize-winning poet and novelist Ben Okri and youth leader from The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Zainab Umar will explore how readers and writers can help to influence the future.     

They will discuss how creating a generation of readers is central to regenerating communities in Nigeria and around the world and their conversation will consider how storytellers shape narratives on a personal and national level. They will examine the role of reading in helping people to re-imagine their future, and how books play a part in modulating the past and opening up new destinies.  

Ben Okri in conversation with Zainab Umar: The power of books in re-imaging the future

Date: Sunday 29th May
Time: 5:30 pm 
Location: The Cube, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye 

For more information and tickets please visit the Hay Festival website.

Ben Okri said:
“Books can help people to re-imagine their futures. I am delighted to be at this year’s Hay Festival with Zainab to talk about how readers and writers can influence the world for tomorrow. I hope you’ll join me and the wonderful charity, Book Aid International, at this event to explore the power of stories.” 

Zainab Umar said:
“I’m excited to be in conversation with one of Africa’s most respected voices, Ben Okri. In his novel, The Famished Road, he takes the reader into the realms of the spiritual and ‘real’ world. For me, Hay’s festival is a haven for readers and writers alike, to plunge oneself into the world of fiction, sci-fi, history and other genres. I can’t wait.

For further information and comment please contact Book Aid International’s Communications Manager, Olivia Jones: 

e: olivia.jones@bookaid.org  
t: +44 (0)20 7733 3577   

About Hay Festival 

Hay Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The events inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. 

Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. The Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and online. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages. For more information visit: www.hayfestival.org 

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