UEA Live welcomes Anthony Joseph, a Trinidad-born poet, novelist and musician, and Shara McCallum, a Jamaica-born poet, in conversation with Prof Alison Donnell. They will celebrate the release of Anthony’s new poetry collection, Sonnets for Albert, and Shara’s latest book, No Ruined Stone.
Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist and musician who moved from Trinidad to the UK in 1989. A lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck College, he is particularly interested in the point at which poetry becomes music. As well as four poetry collections, a slew of albums, and three novels, Joseph has published critical work exploring the aesthetics of Caribbean poetry. His newest collection, Sonnets for Albert, returns to autobiographical material and weighs the impact of being the son of an absent father.
From Jamaica, and born to a Jamaican father and Venezuelan mother, Shara McCallum, moved to the US at age 9. She is a Professor of English at Penn State University and awards for her work include the OCM Bocas Caribbean Poetry Prize. Author of six books, her latest, No Ruined Stone, is a verse novel based on the real life of Scottish poet Robert Burns and his proposed migration to Jamaica to work on a slave plantation. The book asks: ‘What would have happened had he gone?’
“Possessing or possessed by requisite bearings, language and lore, Anthony Joseph is fully beautifully up to task.”Nathaniel Mackey
“Shara McCallum brings her gorgeous poetics to a story of slavery and colonialism, challenging the historical archive’s sheer, unyielding wall by going not over or around it, but fearlessly through”Evie Shockley