Join Lorna Goodison, the award-winning Poet Laureate of Jamaica, as she reads from her first-ever collection of essays. Lorna’s essays in Redemption Ground (published by Myriad) interweave the personal and political to explore the themes that have occupied her working life: her love of poetry and the arts, colonialism and its legacy, racism and social justice, authenticity, and the enduring power of friendship. She writes lyrically and incisively about her childhood and family life in 1950s Jamaica, her travels in London and New York as a young advertising copywriter, her difficult decision to change her life and become a poet and her experiences of racism over the years.
Come and meet a wonderfully talented writer in conversation with Margaret Busby.
Lorna Goodison is a Jamaican poet, a leading West Indian writer of the generation born after World War II, currently dividing her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan. Lorna is a multi-award winning poet and winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica in 2017.
Margaret Busby is a Ghanaian-born publisher, editor, writer and broadcaster, resident in the UK. She was Britain’s youngest and first black woman book publisher when in the 1960s she co-founded with Clive Allison the London-based publishing house Allison and Busby. She is also the editor of ‘New Daughters of Africa’ a new international anthology bringing together the work of over 200 women of African descent (published by Myriad in March 2019).
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