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Chigozie Obioma.

Months ago we announced that Chigozie Obioma’s multi-awarded debut novel, The Fishermen, had been picked for stage adaptation. The production is by the British theatre company New Perspectives, in partnership with HOME, and will open in 2018 as part of their Spring – Summer 2018 Season. The novel is being adapted by the playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, with the play to be directed by Jack McNamara. It will run from 19 – 28 Jul 2018, and tickets are now available for sale.

Published in 2015 by Pushkin Press, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen was ushered in with a massive publicity campaign and became one of Africa’s most awarded debuts. A winner of the 2015 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author), the novel was also shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the 2015 Guardian First Book Award and the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It further made the longlists for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature and the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, while appearing on many Best Book of the Year lists, including those by the New York Times Book ReviewWall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR.

Obioma, who is currently Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this year had his second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, bought by Little, Brown, for release in 2019.

In June of this year, Lola Shoneyin’s Orange Prize-longlisted novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, was similarly adapted for stage by Rotimi Babatunde, for the second time.

Buy the tickets to The Fishermen HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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