Fire Down Below
  • Edinburgh International Festival

As Britain emerges from the Second World War, change is afoot in the far-flung Empire. In the Caribbean, debates about self-determination intensify. At the same time, economic challenges lead many to migrate, causing issues of citizenship, and crises of identity and culture.

These issues, many of which persist today, will be in focus as prizewinning Jamaican Poet Laureate and novelist Lorna Goodison, Grenadian writer and editor Jacob Ross and Guyanese artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo join Marina Salandy-Brown, Director of the NGC BOCAS Literature Festival in Trinidad.

Two champion Extempo singers, a risqu form of rhyming calypso, who perform under the stage names of Short Pants and Black Sage, add a wry musical take on the discussion.

Part of the International Festival and British Council season Spirit of '47