Celeste And Jacob
Talks & Ideas

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.