Celeste And Jacob
Talks & Ideas

Tickets available on the door. Online ticket sales close at 4pm.

Please note: Due to travel issues, unfortunately Jacob Ross will not be joining us this evening. We hope you will give a warm welcome to Celeste Mohammed, and Nicholas Laughlin, Director of Bocas Lit Festival (Trinidad & Tobago), who has kindly agreed to join the conversation, hosted by Raquel McKee.

A showcase of fiction exploring the complexities of the contemporary Caribbean, from two of the region’s celebrated authors.

Small places can be immensely complicated, and that’s certainly true of the 21st-century Caribbean. Writers like Celeste Mohammed (Pleasantview), winner of the 2022 One Caribbean Media Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and Jacob Ross (Tell No-One About This), winner of the 2017 Jhalak Prize, explore this complexity through a mosaic of characters and themes, a polyphony of voices and concerns. Set in Trinidad and Grenada, respectively, Mohammed’s novel-in-stories and Ross’s masterful short story collection embrace the personal and the political, family and friendship, love, sex and violence, the comic and the tragic. Their books prove that, as the late Trinidadian writer Samuel Selvon once put it, “an island is a world.”

Chaired by Raquel McKee

In association with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, British Council NI, One Caribbean Media (OCM) and John Hewitt Society.