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Speaking Volumes' Breaking Ground in the Caribbean

Speaking Volumes is delighted to welcome Mervyn Morris for one final tour before the end of his tenure as Jamaica’s Poet Laureate. Celebrating his 80th year and the release of his Collected Poems – Peelin Orange (Carcanet) – Professor Morris will visit London, Bristol and Manchester to read and talk at events which also include Linton Kwesi Johnson (Waterstones Piccadilly London), Jackie Kay (Manchester) and Kei Miller (George Padmore Institute London) among others.

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Saturday 29 May 6.30-8.00pm – Breaking Ground in the Caribbean (LONDON)

Four Jamaican authors talk about and read from their favourite ‘revolutionary’ Caribbean writers as part of the Waterstones Piccadilly Writers of the World Unite Festival. In doing so, they illustrate the radical roots of Caribbean literature and how it has influenced subsequent generations of writers. With Hannah Lowe (chair), Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mervyn Morris and Leone Ross.

At Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

Tickets: £7.50 (including booking fee)


Other tour dates include:

Tuesday 2 May 7.00-8.30pm – An Evening with Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica (BRISTOL)

The University of Bristol, in partnership with Centre TRACE at Bath Spa University, is delighted to welcome Professor Mervyn Morris, first Poet Laureate of Jamaica, back to our city on 2 May. Described as one of the most significant poets in the Caribbean, whose influence has spanned generations, Professor Morris was awarded the Order of Merit (Jamaica) in 2009.

At Waterstones Bristol, 11A Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD

Free but booking essential


Wednesday 3 May 6.00-8.00pm – Mervyn Morris and Jackie Kay (Manchester)

Mervyn Morris, celebrates the launch of his new collection Peelin Orange (Carcanet Press), his 80th birthday, and the final few months of his tenure as Jamaican Poet Laureate, with a reading at The John Rylands Library in Manchester, introduced by National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay. Supported by The Centre for New Writing at Manchester University, The John Rylands Library and Carcanet.

At The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

Free but booking essential


Thursday 4 May 6.30-8.30pm – Mervyn Morris in Conversation with Kei Miller (London)

In 1973, New Beacon Books published The Pond, the first of Mervyn Morris’s poetry books to appear in the UK. Over 40 years later, Carcanet has released his Collected Poems in Peelin Orange, including poetry from that impressive first publication. Join Mervyn Morris for an exclusive in-conversation with Jamaican poet, writer and critic Kei Miller.

At The George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EN

Tickets £10 – all profits go towards the GPI’s archive work as a charity

Book via email newbeaconbooks@btconnect.com or tel. 020 7272 4889


This tour has been made possible through an Arts Council England grant awarded to Little Atoms for the Waterstones Writers of the World Unite Festival and is organised by Speaking Volumes and partners.

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