5 November 2019
Free Word and ARVON
My Father's House
Stories of Caribbean fatherhood with Raymond Antrobus, Hannah Lowe and Colin Grant
How do explorations of our personal histories inform our understanding of home?
Rathbones Folio Prize and Ted Hughes Award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus, multi-award-winning poet and memoirist Hannah Lowe and acclaimed writer, historian and producer Colin Grant have all written compellingly about their fathers’ experiences emigrating from Jamaica to the UK. How have they interpreted these shared, yet distinct, family stories in their work, and how has it shaped them as writers?
Join us for an intimate evening exploring stories of Caribbean fatherhood with three of the most celebrated and original writers at work today.
Raymond Antrobus became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbones Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. He has also won the Ted Hughes award, PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book of The Year 2018. Hannah Lowe won the 2015 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University. Colin Grant is an author, historian, BBC producer and Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies. He has been shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize and won the Sunday Times Book of the Year. His latest book is Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation.
Arvon has been inspiring generations of writers as the UK’s home of creative writing for over 50 years, running creative writing courses and retreats tutored by leading authors in three rural writing centres.
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5 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£6 / £5 (30 & under)
Free Word and ARVON
Author and Poet
Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father; he is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements, To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbones Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. Other accolades include the Ted Hughes award, PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book of The Year 2018 and a Griffin Prize shortlist. Also in 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, (Judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem 'Sound Machine'. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton.
Author and Historian
Colin Grant is an author, historian, and Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize, 2013. Grant’s history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016 As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed several radio drama documentaries including African Man of Letters: The Life of Ignatius Sancho; A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; and A History of the N Word. Grant also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, GQ, Telegraph, TLS, Granta and New York Review of Books. Grant's latest book is Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation.
Poet and Memoirist
Hannah Lowe has published three chapbooks of poetry, and two full collections, Chick (2013) and Chan (2016). Chick won the 2015 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. Her family memoir Long Time No See was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. In 2014 she was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society. She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University, London. Her latest chapbook, The Neighbourhood is published in 2019.
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