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Fred D'Aguiar: Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sunday 4 Jul 2021, 20:00 to 21:00



Fred D'Aguiar and André Naffis-Sahely, host Jackie Kay 8pm - 9pm, Zoom, £5

Letters to America is an ambitious collection fromGuyanese-British poet, novelist and playwright Fred D'Aguiar. The twenty-twopoems are full of lived tales and memories - of Britain, the Caribbean and theUnited States, where D'Aguiar is now Professor of English at the University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles. Fred D'Aguiar has written 'a canticle of water', abook for the individual bowed, imperilled, under the wave of history - monarchicaland imperial - and crying out for collective action to stop it from consumingfurther shores' ( Ambit).

André Naffis-Sahely's bracingly plain-spoken first collection, The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life gathers portraits ofpromised lands and those who go in search of them: travellers, labourers,dreamers; the hopeful and the dispossessed. This is poetry as reportage, asmuch an act of memory as of sinuous, clear-eyed vision. As this arresting newpoet has remarked elsewhere: "I don't like poems that invent memories; Ihave enough of my own." André Naffis Sahely is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother.

Jackie Kay is one of Britain's best-known poets, whose collections include Fiere and Bantam and the Makar, National Poet of Scotland. 

Find out more and see the full programme here.

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