Melatu Uche Okorie

Festival Schedule:

Friday, Oct 12th – 6pm – Montalvo Arts Center
Reading at Opening Reception – details

Saturday, Oct 13th – 12pm – Los Gatos Library
Opening Reading for Frederick Douglass Event – details

Sunday, Oct 14th – 3.30pm to 5.30pm – Town Chambers/NUMU
Who Belongs? Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century (reading and panel discussion with Valerie Lapin, Yvonne Watterson, and Éanlaí Cronin) – details

Melatu Uche Okorie is a Nigerian-born writer and scholar who has been living in Ireland since 2006. During her eight and a half years living in the “direct provision” system Melatu began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies. 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 at Trinity College, Dublin.

This Hostel Life is a collection of three short stories by Okorie, 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 has important things to say and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.’ Roddy Doyle.

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