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Sharon Millar and Hannah Lowe at Ilkley Literature Festival

  • St Margarets Hall Queen's Road Leeds, England, LS29 9TZ United Kingdom (map)

Sharon Millar and Hannah Lowe read short stories and poems covering multiple themes of race, gender and the contemporary Caribbean diaspora.

Millar reads from her short story collection The Whale House which was longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and won the Caribbean Writers Prize.  Hannah Lowe will read from her new poetry collection Chan which follows her widely acclaimed debut Chick reconstructs the life of her Jamaican-Chinese father, who arrived in Liverpool from Jamaica in 1947 and is concerned with memory, diaspora and migration. Chan represents travelers and shape-shifters and is one of the many nicknames of Lowe’s Black-Chinese Jamaican father, and also a name from China where her grandfather’s story begins.  The book also explores the life of Joe Harriot the famed Jamaican alto saxophonist who shook up 1960s England; and a shift full of dreamers sailing from Kingston to Liverpool in 1947 on the SS Ormond.  

A partnership between Ikley Literature Festival, Renaissance One and Peepal Tree Press.

Read more and book here