Literary Programme 2018

Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie

Writer
Melatu Uche Okorie

Where
Bantry Bookshop

Date
Fri 20 July 2018

Time
11:30

Cost
FREE

This Hostel Life is a collection of three short stories by Melatu Uche Okorie, a Nigerian writer living in Ireland, and an academic essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.

Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar, currently living in Sligo with her daughter. Born in Nigeria, Melatu moved to Ireland in 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies. In 2009, she won the Metro Éireann Writing Award for her story ‘Gathering Thoughts’. Melatu has a strong interest in issues concerning the welfare of asylum seekers and migrant education in Ireland and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. This Hostel Life (Skein Press, May 2018) is her first book.

‘Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.’ Roddy Doyle

‘These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven’t seen before in Irish writing.’ Lia Mills

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