Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival: the lineup

If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram feed, then you know that this September is a very special month for Caribbean literature. Come 6-8 September 2019, Brooklyn will host its first ever Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.

Festival highlights will include:

  • “An Evening with Jamaica Kincaid” hosted jointly with the Brooklyn Historical Society. At this event, fans can get up, close, and personal with the accomplished Antigua-born author whose works include A Small Place, Lucy, and Annie John.
  • A lunchtime conversation with acclaimed Trinidadian author Barbara Jenkins whose works include De Rightest Place and Sic Transit Wagon.
  • “Laureates of the Caribbean,” an evening of poetry and spoken word performances.
  • The announcement of the winning entry of the first ever Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Award.
  • A Children’s Programme featuring storytelling, wirebending, craft-making, and dancing!
  • “The Gayelle,” an all-day, open-air market with lots of literary events and stalls.

We Mark Your Memory

Hey everyone! 2018’s already proving an exciting year!

I’m happy to announce that I have a short story called “Homecoming” published in We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture.

“Homecoming” depicts a young Indo-Trinidadian couple visiting Kolkata in India, the motherland, for the first time and experiencing confusion, bewilderment, and displacement there.

The anthology is edited by David Dabydeen (Guyanese-born poet, novelist, and academic), Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (associate fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London), and Tina K. Ramnarine (author and professor at Royal Holloway).

It chronicles the experiences of the indentured Indian labor diaspora across the globe, from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean to Fiji in the Pacific. It also features other Caribbean writers: Gaiutra Bahadur, Kevin Jared Hosein, and Gabrielle Hosein to name a few.

Here’s a blurb from the publishers:

“To mark the centenary of the abolition of the system in the British Empire (2017–20), the volume brings together, for the first time, new writing from across the Commonwealth. It is a unique attempt to explore, through the medium of poetry and prose, the Indian indentured heritage of the twenty-first century.”

Customers in North America can pre-order from the University of London or their local bookstores. Customers everywhere else can pre-order from The School of Advanced Study (SAS). It will also be available on Amazon worldwide from April 30th.

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