A Far Cry from London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice


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Experience the sounds and the voices of the Caribbean experience through radio and poetry

BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943 to 1958) kick-started a new West Indian literary tradition in the UK. Poets, playwrights, and prose writers, amateur and professional, were given a platform to contribute and be part of an international writing community linking the UK and Caribbean. Radio producer Colin Grant shares the sounds of the show and celebrates the Caribbean voice with a night of poetry, audio and discussions. Featuring Emily Zobel Marshal, Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Philip Nanton.

Colin Grant is a BBC radio producer and author of four Caribbean-centred books of non-fiction, including Negro with a Hat, a biography of Marcus Garvey. 

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor, and educator whose works include To Sweeten Bitter

Emily Zobel Marshall is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. Her book Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance was published in 2012. 

Khadijah Ibrahiim is a published poet, the Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors and Associate Artist with the Geraldine Connor foundation. Her poetry collections, Rootz Runnin, 2008 and Another Crossing 2014 were published by Peepal Tree Press. 

Philip Nanton is an author of two poetry collections and a spoken word artist from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has written extensively on the legacy of the Caribbean Voices programme; his latest book is Frontiers of the Caribbean.

Image: Pauline Enriques and Sam Sevlon on Caribbean Voices, 1952, from Wikimedia Commons


Name: A Far Cry from London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice
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