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Writers of the World Unite festival comes to London on 29th

RHYME AND REASON: Jamaica's Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris will be in the UK from 29 April until 2 May for the Writers of the World Unite festival (photo credit: Susumba)

JAMAICA'S POET Laureate, Mervyn Morris, is making a rare visit to the UK to take part in the first Writers of the World Unite festival in London which begins on Saturday 29 April.

This visit marks Professor Morris's last year as Jamaica’s Poet Laureate as well as his 80th year. The publication of his latest book – Peelin Orange – will also coincide with his trip to the capital.

Morris is part of a special Caribbean-themed panel event within the festival - Breaking Ground in the Caribbean, which takes place at Waterstones Piccadilly. Fellow Jamaican authors Linton Kwesi Johnson and Leone Ross will also form part of the panel. Morris will discuss and read excerpts from books by Caribbean writers widely regarded as revolutionary and will explore with attendees the radical roots of Caribbean literature and how it has influenced subsequent generations of writers. In addition, all three writers will read their own work for the audience.


Whilst in England, Morris will attend other several events around the country including one in Manchester with Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay, an evening at Bristol University and a return to London for an appearance at the George Padmore Institute with award-winning Jamaican poet Kei Miller.

LYRICS: Linton Kwesi Johnson

Event details:

Saturday 29 May, 6.30-8pm, London

Breaking Ground in the Caribbean

Four Jamaican authors talk about and read from their favourite ‘revolutionary’ Caribbean writers. In doing so, they illustrate the radical roots of Caribbean literature and how it has influenced subsequent generations of writers. With Hannah Lowe (chair), Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mervyn Morris and Leone Ross.

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD
Tickets (£7.50 including booking fee)

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Tuesday 2 May, 7-8.30pm, Bristol

An Evening with Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica

The University of Bristol, in partnership with Centre TRACE at Bath Spa University, is delighted to welcome Professor Mervyn Morris, first Poet Laureate of Jamaica. Described as one of the most significant poets in the Caribbean, whose influence has spanned generations, Professor Morris was awarded the Order of Merit (Jamaica) in 2009.

Waterstones Bristol, 11A Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD
Free but booking essential

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Wednesday 3 May 6-8.00pm, Manchester

Mervyn Morris and Jackie Kay

Mervyn Morris, celebrates the launch of his new collection Peelin Orange (Carcanet Press), his 80th birthday, and the final few months of his tenure as Jamaican Poet Laureate, with a reading at The John Rylands Library in Manchester, introduced by National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay. Supported by The Centre for New Writing at Manchester University, The John Rylands Library and Carcanet.

The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Free but booking essential

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Thursday 4 May 6.30-8.30pm, London

Mervyn Morris in Conversation with Kei Miller

In 1973, New Beacon Books published The Pond, the first of Mervyn Morris’s poetry books to appear in the UK. Over 40 years later, Carcanet has released his collected poems in Peelin Orange, including poetry from that impressive first publication. Join Mervyn Morris for an exclusive in-conversation with Jamaican poet, writer and critic Kei Miller.

The George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EN
Tickets £10 - all profits will be donated to the archive at the George Padmore Institute

Book via email: or telephone 020 7272 4889.

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