Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer, editor and publisher, who has won acclaim as a children’s author, poet, broadcaster and novelist. Primarily known for the acclaimed hybrid novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, went on to win France’s Prix Baudelaire, Prix Laure Bataillon and was named Best First Foreign Book of the year by LIRE, his last book of poems The Geez, was shortlisted for the Walcott Prize and named a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Nii Ayikwei serves on the editorial board of World Literature Today, and has served as a judge for several literature prizes including the Commonwealth Prize, the NSK Neustadt Prize and the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize. He is a fellow of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and his latest book is Azúcar, a novel.

Workshops: "Three blind spies: Distilling point of view" and "The Unknowable: Silence and speculation"