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Portrature of the Writers invited to the "Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007". Scotland

Edinburgh 23/08/2007. International Book Festival. Biyi Bandele is one of the most prolific writers of Nigerian origin living and working in Great Britain today. His impressive catalogue of publications features works of the most diverse literary and semi-literary genres: prose, theatre, poetry, criticism, journalism, television and radio. Bandele?s skills as a playwright are in great demand by theatres all over Britain, among others the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the Arts Council Resident Dramatist with Talawa Theatre Company at the Cochrane Theatre in London from 1993-94, a Writer-in-Residence at the Royal National Theatre studio in 1995, and Royal Literary Fellow at London College of Printing for 2001/02. What is more, ?Biyi Bandele received a number of literary awards. With an unpublished play he won the International Student Playscript Competition of 1989, for an unpublished collection of poetry he was awarded the British Council Lagos Award in 1990, and his drama Two Horsemen was selected as the best new play at the London New Play Festival in 1994. The critic Robert Fraser testifies to Bandele?s high regard in British literary circles when he describes him as a ?literary genius of all trades? (Robert Fraser, Ben Okri: Towards the Invisible City. Horndon: Northcote House, 2002; xi).

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Edinburgh 23/08/2007. International Book Festival. Biyi Bandele is one of the most prolific writers of Nigerian origin living and working in Great Britain today. His impressive catalogue of publications features works of the most diverse literary and semi-literary genres: prose, theatre, poetry, criticism, journalism, television and radio. Bandele?s skills as a playwright are in great demand by theatres all over Britain, among others the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the Arts Council Resident Dramatist with Talawa Theatre Company at the Cochrane Theatre in London from 1993-94, a Writer-in-Residence at the Royal National Theatre studio in 1995, and Royal Literary Fellow at London College of Printing for 2001/02. What is more, ?Biyi Bandele received a number of literary awards. With an unpublished play he won the International Student Playscript Competition of 1989, for an unpublished collection of poetry he was awarded the British Council Lagos Award in 1990, and his drama Two Horsemen was selected as the best new play at the London New Play Festival in 1994. The critic Robert Fraser testifies to Bandele?s high regard in British literary circles when he describes him as a ?literary genius of all trades? (Robert Fraser, Ben Okri: Towards the Invisible City. Horndon: Northcote House, 2002; xi).