Caribbean Literary Salon

The inaugural Caribbean Literary Salon, hosted by Malika Booker (Guyana/Grenada), features acclaimed poet, playwright, journalist, novelist Jacob Ross (Grenada), whose debut novel, Pynter Bender, was described by the Independent as “lyrical… and wonderfully evoked”; and Kerry Young (Jamaica), author of the Costa First Novel and Commonwealth Book Prize shortlisted Pao. Both writers will read from their work and respond to questions from the host and audience, exploring the beautifully rendered, counter-cliched worlds conjured in their work. To celebrate the launch of this reading series, there will be free snacks in the interval. The Caribbean Literary Salon series was developed in partnership with the Free Word Centre.

Address: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

August 10, 2012
Venue Open: 6.30pm
Event Start: 7.15pm

The Caribbean Literary Salon (CLS) was conceived by the team at London SLAM Central that began the African Writers’ Evening (AWE) almost a decade ago. Working in partnership with the Free Word Centre, we have launched this quarterly series partly to address concerns similar to those that led to the start of AWE; high quality writers are often buried in an avalanche of mainstream media coverage and readings. But we also seek to confound the normalised conception of the Caribbean as a monolithic identity by giving a platform to writers from all of its lands and islands, to challenge the false screens of Indian, Chinese and European that some people of the Caribbean have had to adopt to fit in with generalised Western notions of identity and to build and reinforce community and identity through literature.

For complete detais: Caribbean Literary Salon.

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