Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie on Dublin International Literary Award 2024 jury

Irenosen Okojie is on the jury for the Dublin International Literary Award 2024 announced in Dublin on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.

The Dublin International Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English to promote excellence in world literature. The prize worth €100,000 is sponsored by the Dublin City Council, Ireland. If the winning book is a translation the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000. Writers of African descent like Percival Everett, David Diop and Akwaeke Emezi, Scholastique Mukasonga, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Mahi Binebine, and Aminatta Forna and Noviolet Bulawayo, Mia Couto, Chinelo Okparanta, and Yewande Omotoso have been in the running. Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa won the award in 2017.

The jury for 2023 was announced on Tuesday and it features award winning novelist Irenosen Okojie whose work pushes the boundaries of form, language, and ideas. Her novel Butterfly Fish, and short story collections, Speak Gigantular and Nudibranch, have won and been nominated for multiple awards. Her journalism has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. She has also judged various literary prizes including the Dylan Thomas Prize, The Gordon Burn Prize as well as the BBC National Short Story Award. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020.

Others on the panel are Professor Chris Morash (chair), Daniel Medin, Ingunn Snædal, Anton Hur, and Lucy Collins. The longlist will be announced in mid-January 2024.


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