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Hurricane Watch by Olive Senior: Carcanet Book Launch


Wednesday 2 Feb 2022, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Hurricane Watch: New and Collected Poems, by the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Olive Senior, Hosting the reading will be Dr Denise deCaires Narain, joining Olive to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along. Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

Hurricane Watch: New and Collected Poems brings together Jamaican Poet Laureate Olive Senior's first four books of poetry alongside a new collection. Recipient of the Musgrave Gold Medal in 2005 from the Institute of Jamaica, Senior has long been recognised as a skilful and evocative storyteller but what this book shows is the consistency and range of her achievement.

 

Senior's poems are delicate, formally playful and always finely observed, whether responding to Jamaican birdlife, the larger natural world or the traces of a complicated historical inheritance. Often, and always surprisingly, her poems' brilliant descriptions and vivid, gripping narratives open out into ecological reflections, politics and culture in original, surprising and sensuous ways.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event. 

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the speakers:
Olive Senior is the Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2021-24. She is the award-winning author of twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's literature and other published work. Her many awards include Canada's Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Her work has been adapted for radio and stage, translated into many languages and is taught internationally. Olive Senior is from Jamaica and lives in Toronto, Canada, but returns frequently to the Caribbean which remains central to her work.

Dr. Denise deCaires Narain is Emeritus Reader in Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Sussex, where she taught courses on postcolonial, Caribbean and women's writing and on postcolonial feminist discourses. She has published widely on Caribbean women's writing, including two monographs, Contemporary Caribbean Women's Poetry: Making Style and Writers and Their Work: Olive Senior, as well as several essays from her current research on the representation of servants in postcolonial women's writing. She is co-editor for Palgrave's Contemporary Women's Writing series.

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