Tonight at the London Literature Festival 2012 I’ll be in conversation with author Monique Roffey about her gripping new novel “Archipelago”. As the rain thunders down here in the UK, it’s a fitting question to ponder: how would we react if our family home was destroyed by a flood? When what was loved has been destroyed, how do we rebuild our lives?
We will also be discussing the current state of Caribbean literature and the new wave of Caribbean writers. It’s a topic we explored in the Caribbean itself earlier this year when we were involved in the new ‘CALAG’ – ‘Caribbean Literature Action Group’ – project in conjunction with the British Council and Commonwealth Writers, looking at ways to increase opportunities for writers from within the Caribbean itself. At a monumental meeting in the Port of Spain, Trinidad, writers, publishers and editors gathered to discuss these issues on the eve of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Come along to the Southbank Centre tonight, 8pm, to be taken on a riveting journey through Caribbean life and literature.