Ake Festival 2017
14-18 November, 2017
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Giles Foden is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and the University of Limerick. After growing up in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria, in 1993 he became assistant editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
Between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian, during which period he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award. It was released as an Oscar-winning film in 2006. He is the author of three other novels and a work of narrative non-fiction. He was one of the judges of the MAN Booker Prize in 2007 and of the IMPAC Prize in 2014. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Granta and Esquire, among other publications.