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New Caribbean Voices: Episode One

The New Caribbean Voices podcast celebrates the best of Caribbean and Black British literature and culture. Listen to New Caribbean Voices on Spotify and Soundcloud 

Hosted by poet, writer and multi-disciplinary artist, Malika Booker, episode one begins with ‘head honcho’, founder and managing editor of Peepal Tree Press, Jeremy Poynting, and a discussion around the BBC World Service’s radio programme Caribbean Voices - the inspiration for this New Caribbean Voices podcast.

Caribbean Voices aired from 1943 to 1958, and became a crucial platform for the likes of Samuel Selvon, Derek Walcott and Una Marson to share their brilliant early works. It was, as internationally renowned poet and critical thinker, Kamau Brathwaite said, ‘the single most important literary catalyst for Caribbean creative and critical writing in English.’

Jeremy points out the beauty in listening to authors read their own work; ‘for me its always important to hear people reading…to be able to read with their rhythms’. Episode one of New Caribbean Voices features Barbara Jenkins reading from her debut novel ‘De Rightest Place’, recorded in St Anns, Trinidad.

Also in this episode, Shivanee  Ramlochan, our resident book reviewer in Trinidad (and author of Everyone Knows I am A Haunting) recommends recent Caribbean books, including Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné’s ‘Doe Songs’, and Jacob Ross’s collected short stories, ‘Tell No-One About This.

Listen to New Caribbean Voices on Spotify and Soundcloud 

Look out for the next episode in about a month!

Produced by Melody Triumph for Peepal Tree Press.

Music by Chis Campbell 
The artwork featured is ‘Rainbirds’ by artist and poet, Stanley Greaves.
With special thanks to Arts Council England and the Clarissa Luard Award. 

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