Helen Oyeyemi

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Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi in January 2021
Helen Oyeyemi in January 2021
BornHelen Oyeyemi
(1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 38)
Ibadan, Nigeria
OccupationWriter
GenreFiction
Notable worksWhat Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (2016)
Notable awardsPEN Open Book Award

Helen Oyeyemi FRSL (born 10 December 1984) is a British novelist and writer of short stories.

Life[edit]

Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and was raised in Lewisham, South London from when she was four.[1][2] Oyeyemi wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while studying for her A-levels[3] at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. She attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[4] Since 2014 her home has been in Prague.[2][5]

Career[edit]

While she was in college, Oyeyemi's plays Juniper's Whitening and Victimese were performed by fellow students and later published by Methuen in 2014.[4][6] In 2007, Bloomsbury published Oyeyemi's second novel, The Opposite House, which is inspired by Cuban mythology.[7][8] Her third novel, White Is for Witching, was published by Picador in May 2009. It was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist[9] and won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.[10] In 2009, Oyeyemi was recognized as one of the women on Venus Zine's "25 under 25" list.[11]

Her fourth novel, Mr Fox, was published by Picador in June 2011,[12] In 2013 she was included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.[13] Her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, was published by Picador in 2014.[14][15] Boy, Snow, Bird was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2014.[16]

Oyeyemi was a judge on the Booktrust Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2015,[17] and served as a judge for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[18]

Oyeyemi published What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, a story collection, in 2016.[19][20] What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours won the 2016 PEN Open Book Award: for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of colour.[21] Oyeyemi was a judge for the 2018 International Booker Prize.[22]

Gingerbread, a novel, was published 5 March 2019.[23] Peaces, a novel, was published 1 April 2021.[24]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • Juniper's Whitening (2004)[30]
  • Victimese (2005)[31]

Short story collections[edit]

  • What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (2016)[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quinn, Annalisa (7 March 2014). "The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi". NPR. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b Hoggard, Liz (2 March 2014). "Helen Oyeyemi: 'I'm interested in the way women disappoint one another'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. ^ Jordan, Justine (11 June 2011). "Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b bloomsbury.com. "Juniper's Whitening". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  5. ^ Bradshaw, M. René (16 March 2016). "What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi". The London Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Prolific writer Oyeyemi shortlisted for BBC short story award | Premium Times Nigeria". 18 September 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Oyeyemi's 'Opposite House'". Tell Me More. 26 June 2007. NPR.
  8. ^ D'Erasmo, Stacey (27 February 2014). "Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out". The Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "2009 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners". The Shirley Jackson Awards. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Helen Oyeyemi - Literature". literature.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  11. ^ Woman.NG (16 March 2016). "You'll Want To Get Helen Oyeyemi's New Book 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' After Reading These Reviews". Woman.NG. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  12. ^ Sethi, Anita (13 May 2012). "Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – review". The Observer.
  13. ^ "Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4". Granta (123). 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013.
  14. ^ Clark, Alex (22 March 2014). "Boy, Snow, Bird review – Helen Oyeyemi plays with myth and fairytale". The Guardian.
  15. ^ a b Quinn, Annalisa (7 March 2014). "The Professionally Haunted Life of Helen Oyeyemi". NPR.
  16. ^ Swanson, Clare (5 March 2015). "L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists Announced". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  17. ^ Irvine, Lindesay (27 May 2015). "Jenny Erpenbeck Wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  18. ^ Medley, Mark (14 January 2015). "The Giller Prize expands its jury to five people". The Globe and Mail.
  19. ^ Oyeyemi, Helen (8 March 2016). What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Place of publication not identified: Riverhead Books. ISBN 9781594634635.
  20. ^ Van Den Berg, Laura (18 March 2016). "'What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours,' by Helen Oyeyemi". The New York Times.
  21. ^ "2017 PEN America Literary Awards Winners", Pen America, 22 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Helen Oyeyemi | The Booker Prizes". thebookerprizes.com. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  23. ^ Charles, Ron (26 February 2019). "Review | Helen Oyeyemi's 'Gingerbread' recipe: Fairy tales with a dash of surrealism". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  24. ^ a b Smith, Josh (2020). "Helen Oyeyemi moves to Faber for Peaces". Retrieved 25 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ Downer, Lesley (17 July 2005). "The Icarus Girl: The Play Date From Hell". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  26. ^ Shamsie, Kamila (12 May 2007). "Review: The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  27. ^ Ervin, Andrew (8 September 2009). "Miri's Hunger". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  28. ^ Bender, Aimee (28 October 2011). "A Writer of Slasher Books Finds More Than a Muse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  29. ^ "Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi". Pan Macmillan. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  30. ^ "Juniper's Whitening by Helen Oyeyemi", Methuen.
  31. ^ Brown, Helen (9 January 2005). "A writer's life: Helen Oyeyemi". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  32. ^ Berg, Laura Van Den (18 March 2016). "What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 May 2020.

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