That there Open Pen Summer Party is just under two weeks away (Wed, Aug 16, 7pm!) and we’re several kinds of chuffed that the magnetic Ireneson Okojie is reading from one of our favourite short story collections going, the acclaimed Speak Gigantular (Jacaranda). The Guardian said that it “delves into the painful, the unsayable, the unknowable. Her prose is precise and illuminating: love and loneliness are recurrent themes.” We agree. Obviously.
Okojie is also the author of novel Butterfly Fish, released last year, also on Jacaranda. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize.
Her short stories have been published internationally, including the Kwani 07 and Phatitude, and this year in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017.
Tickets and info for the party are available here, and all proceeds go to keeping the writers and performers boozed up for the night. Anything leftover, as ever, goes to keeping our scrawny little fiction journal in print. You can also buy both of Okojie’s books on the night. I’m sure she’d be so kind as to sign your copy, she signed ours after all.