The inaugural Folio Prize lecture by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had to be cancelled after the author fell ill.
The lecture was due to take place at The British Library on Friday (20th March) as part of the Folio Prize Fiction Festival weekend of events.
But Ngozi was unable to travel to London after falling ill.
Folio Prize founder Andrew Kidd said it was with “great regret” that the lecture was cancelled at short notice.
“We were all hugely excited to have Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie open this year’s Folio Prize Fiction Festival, but unfortunately she is unwell and unable to take part,” he continued. “We’d like to extend our sympathy and best wishes to Chimamanda for a speedy recovery...”
The Folio Prize Fiction Festival took place at the British Library on Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March, and featured all the shortlisted authors – Yvonne Adhiabmbo Owuor, Rachel Cusk, Ben Lerner, Jenny Offill, Akhil Sharma, Ali Smith, Miriam Toews, and Colm Tóibín – in panel discussions.
Over the course of the two days 1,200 people attended the events of the festival.
The winner of second Folio Prize will be announced tonight (23rd March) at a ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London.