Helen Oyeyemi

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Helen Oyeyemi
Oyeyemi at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Born Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi
December 1984 (age 29)
Nigeria
Occupation Novelist
Genres Fiction, fantasy

Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi (born 10 December 1984) is a British novelist.[1]

Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels[2] at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. While studying Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, two of her plays, Juniper's Whitening and Victimese, were performed by fellow students to critical acclaim and subsequently published by Methuen.

In 2007 Bloomsbury published Oyeyemi's second novel, The Opposite House, which is inspired by Cuban mythology.[3][4]

In 2009 Oyeyemi was recognized as one of the women on Venus Zine’s “25 under 25” list.

Her third novel, White is for Witching, described as having "roots in Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe" was published by Picador in May 2009. It was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. A fourth novel, Mr Fox, was published by Picador in June 2011.[1]

In 2013 she was included in the Granta Best Of Young British Novelists list.[5]

Oyeyemi is a lifelong Catholic who has done voluntary work for CAFOD in Kenya.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Icarus Girl (2005)
  • The Opposite House (2007)
  • White is for Witching (2009)
  • Mr Fox (2011)
  • Boy, Snow, Bird (2014)[1]

Plays[edit]

  • Juniper's Whitening
  • Victimese

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Quinn, Annalisa (March 7, 2014). "The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi". NPR. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Justine (11 June 2011). "Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – review". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oyeyemi's 'Opposite House'". NPR. June 26, 2007. 
  4. ^ D'Erasmo, Stacey (February 27, 2014). "Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out". The Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Granta.com
  6. ^ Cafod.org.uk

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