Join us for a conversation with the acclaimed author of The Spider King’s Daughter. Chibundu Onuzo will be reading from her book and will discuss with us some of the main themes she covers in her book and the relationship of her work to her role as a historian, her thinking on race and being a Nigerian in the UK. The conversation will be moderated by Geoffrey Ryman.
This event is part of our Special African Reading Group ARG! London Edition events. For more information on the ARG! London meetings click here.
Born in 1991, Chibundu Onuzo started writing novels and short stories at the age of 10 and less than a decade later, became the youngest woman ever to be signed by Faber and Faber. Her debut novel, ‘The Spider King’s Daughter’ is part of a two-book deal with the publishing house and charts the unlikely relationship that develops between a poor street hawker and a sheltered rich girl who meet on the streets of Lagos.
Since its release in March 2012, ‘The Spider King’s Daughter’ has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and Commonwealth Book Prize and has won a Betty Trask Award. She writes comment pieces for The Guardian, with a special interest in Nigeria. Chibundu is a History graduate and she is currently pursuing a PhD in History at King’s College London.
Some of Chibundu’s writing: