Leading Jamaican Writers Visiting The UK in October


A report from The Voice Online.

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER, two of Jamaica’s leading writers of novels, short stories and poetry are taking part in events across the UK promoting the publication of their new books. Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winner Olive Senior and fellow multiple award-winner Marcia Douglas are giving readings and leading creative writing workshops in Birmingham and Brighton, Leeds and London, and Edinburgh and Durham.

Both are celebrating the publication of new books with Leeds publisher Peepal Tree Press.

Marcia Douglas’s The Marvellous Equations of Dread, set at the time of Bob Marley’s death, is a celebration of the endurance and creativity of the Jamaican people. The novel was long-listed for the 2017 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

The Pain Tree is Olive Senior’s latest book of short stories, set in Jamaica with a cast of universal characters. Containing all of her wonderful wit and wisdom, The Pain Tree was the winner of the 2016 Bocas Prize.

Their programme includes two special events of Speaking Volumes’ current Breaking Ground series: today (October 13) Marcia Douglas joins authors Yovanka Paquete Perdigao and JJ Bola to tell tales crossing the Caribbean and USA, Africa and Europe at Breaking Ground Across Continents at Birmingham Literature Festival.

Tomorrow (October 14) day both Olive and Marcia come together at The British Library in London, with poets and musicians Anthony Joseph and Joshua Idehen, to explore he long relationship that music has with literature for Breaking Ground: Writing the Rhythm, hosted by fellow Jamaican author Leone Ross.

For more information and dates for cities outside of London, click here.

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