Writing A New Caribbean

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20170306

20170306

Elisha Efua Bartels talks to some of the new wave of writers coming out of the English-speaking Caribbean.

20170306

Elisha Efua Bartels talks to some of the new wave of writers coming out of the English-speaking Caribbean.

Jamaica, Home20170227

Jamaica, Home20170227

Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Jamaican novelists and poets including Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize, Tanya Shirley, Kei Miller, winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for poetry, and Millicent Graham about their work, and what it reveals to both Jamaicans and outsiders about their country.

Featured readings:

Tanya Shirley - Sunday Drive Out and The People are Deading from 'The Merchant of Feathers', Peepal Tree Press

Marlon James - 'The Book of Night Women', Riverhead Books

Millicent Graham - The Yard, from 'The Way Home', Peepal Tree Press

Kei Miller - Place Name: Me-No-Sen-You-No-Come; What the Mapmaker Ought to Know; Poem xviii; When Considering the Long, Long Journey of 28,000 Rubber Ducks, from 'The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion', Carcanet.

Jamaica, Home20170227

Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Jamaican novelists and poets including Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize, Tanya Shirley, Kei Miller, winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for poetry, and Millicent Graham about their work, and what it reveals to both Jamaicans and outsiders about their country.

Featured readings:

Tanya Shirley - Sunday Drive Out and The People are Deading from 'The Merchant of Feathers', Peepal Tree Press

Marlon James - 'The Book of Night Women', Riverhead Books

Millicent Graham - The Yard, from 'The Way Home', Peepal Tree Press

Kei Miller - Place Name: Me-No-Sen-You-No-Come; What the Mapmaker Ought to Know; Poem xviii; When Considering the Long, Long Journey of 28,000 Rubber Ducks, from 'The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion', Carcanet.

01Under The Surface20170220

A picture of the Caribbean, as seen by a new generation of writers and poets.

In programme 1, Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Trinidadian writers Sharon Millar, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and Andre Bagoo about the sense of place in their work.

For Sharon Millar, author of the short story collection 'The Whale House', the landscape and colour of Trinidad is always the anchor, and she often explores the cultural interaction and foot traffic between the island and Venezuela, only 7 miles away. Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw delves under the surface of Trinidadian society in her novel 'Mrs B', set during the 1990 coup in Port of Spain and inspired by Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary'. In Andre Bagoo's poetry, locations in the city become symbolic of the state of the nation, both in their beauty and disgrace.

Elisha looks at the ways in which these writers capture Trinidadian landscapes and cityscapes in their work, and how they address what lies beneath.

Featuring readings from:

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw - 'Mrs B', Peepal Tree Press

Sharon Millar - 'The Whale House', Peepal Tree Press

Andre Bagoo - 'Burn', Shearsman Books

Elisha Efua Bartels - 'Woman is Boss' from 'Trinidad Noir' - Akashic Books

Sonia Farmer - 'The Best Estimation in the World'.