5 Questions: Helen Oyeyemi

This article is from 2009

5 Questions: Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is one of the brightest literary hopes in Britain with a couple of acclaimed novels under her belt. Here, she tackles our aspiring Q&A

Give us five words to describe White is for Witching?
Quaint, little, antique, quince, spoon.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
Jesse Ball, the consistently amazing Chicago-based poet and novelist. Samedi the Deafness and The Way Through Doors are adventure stories so adventurously told.

What do you love about book festivals?
Everything except going home at the end. Boo!

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
Alexandre Dumas the elder. It’s high time he updated his culinary dictionary; I bet he never had a scallion pancake. He would freak out at the deliciousness.

What would you change about the publishing world?
Increase diversity.

19 Aug (with Mathias Malzieu), 7.30pm, £6 (£4).

Mathias Malzieu & Helen Oyeyemi

FINE FICTION Two wonderful contemporary interpretations of the gothic novel. Mathias Malzieu, lead singer of French band Dionysos, tells the melancholic tale of The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart who loses his heart after a snowstorm on Arthur's Seat. The highly acclaimed Helen Oyeyemi presents a mesmerising tale…

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