Representing Kingston

Posted by jcm22 at Sep 28, 2018 01:40 PM |
On Saturday 17 November 2018, poet, novelist and broadcaster Kei Miller, and novelist and short story writer Kerry Young, will read from and talk about their fiction.
Representing Kingston

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Details

Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Time: 5pm - 6.30pm
Location: University Film Theatre, Attenborough Seminar Block (Main Campus), University of Leicester

Contact: Lucy Evans


Overview

The readings and discussion will focus on Miller’s Augustown (2016) and Young’s Pao (2011, the first in a trilogy), two novels which convey Jamaica’s past and present through their portrayal of particular Kingston neighbourhoods. Challenging perceptions of inner-city Kingston as a criminogenic ghetto, these novels foreground the city’s multiple identities and histories.

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Speakers

Kerry Young
Kerry Young
Kerry Young is a British novelist born in Kingston, Jamaica who came to England at the age of ten. She is the author of three novels, Pao (2011), Gloria (2013) and Show Me A Mountain (2016), and her writing has been nominated for the Costa First Novel and Commonwealth Book Prize. She is a reader for The Literary Consultancy, a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and a Fellow on the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Programme where she is writer-in-residence at The University of Sheffield.
Kei Miller
Kei Miller
Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His 2014 poetry collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize, and his 2016 novel, Augustown, won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. His poetry has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and his fiction has won the Una Marson Prize and been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.


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More information...

This event is organised in collaboration with Renaissance One as part of an AHRC-funded research network ‘Dons, Yardies and Posses: Representations of Jamaican Organised Crime’, and supported by the School of Arts as part of the School’s annual Literary Leicester festival. (View the Literary Leicester Facebook page for current Literary Leicester news).

 

In partnership with Renaissance One In collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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