Brilliant “Novelist and poet Ben Okri had his first novel, Flowers and Shadows, published when he was 21, and has devoted much of his work to describing the social and political chaos in Nigeria, where he was born.
His book The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and his most recent novel is called The Age of Magic. Okri, like Winton below, was at this years Auckland Writers Festival (12th - 17th May 2015). You will find a fascinating 22 min Radio New Zealand National (Sunday Morning) conversation with Okri here
Writer Tim Winton has been named an Australian national treasure. His book, The Riders - now considered an Australian classic - was short-listed for the Man Booker prize for fiction, as was his 2002 book Dirt Music. Winton, one of my favorite Australian authors, was at this year Auckland Writers Festival. You will find a 23 min Radio New Zealand National (Sunday Mornings) conversation with Winton here
Also of interest to readers if Winton will be - Tim Winton: Critical Essays (UWAP, 2014 – 350 pages), edited by Lyn McCredden & Nathanael O’Reilly.