The BBC has just broadcast a radio documentary that explores the role of the Caribbean Voices broadcasts in fostering the development of Caribbean literature in the 1950s and 60s. The weekly program served as an important venue for writers like Sam Selvon, George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite, Derek, Walcott, V. S. Naipaul, and Phyllis Allfrey to make their work known to broad audiences in England and throughout the Caribbean. In this two-part series Colin Grant examines how the programme served to kick start a literary tradition in the region. The series “travels back to the anxious beginnings of these impoverished fledgling writers who tapped out their stories, on the smooth non-rustle paper, to the sound of their bellies knocking on their backbones.”
In part one, Colin talks to some of the original contributors, including the Noble Laureate, Derek Walcott and George Lamming about the remarkable beginnings of Caribbean Voices.
You can access and download Part I of the series (in MP3 format) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2009/07/090721_caribbean_voices_1.shtml
The BBC usually makes their programs available for a shot period only, so the link to the download may expire soon.
Part I can be accessed through our subsequent post at BBC’s Caribbean Voices Part II