Okechukwu Nzelu was born in Manchester in 1988 and read English at Girton College, University of Cambridge. In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award. In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize. He lives in Manchester. Okey will read from his debut novel, and the session will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Jenni Ramone, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at NTU, and leader of the NTU BA English module 'Black Writing in Britain'.
Okechukwu will be supported by Panya Banjoko, author of the poetry collection Some Things (Burning Eye Books), curator of the Nottingham Black Archive, and a PhD student in English and Creative Writing at NTU.