London Is The Place For Me
A two-week festival to mark Trinidad and Tobago’s 50 years of political independence with co-curator Dominique Le Gendre which was commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission for their 2012 Cultural Village at the Tricycle and two subsequent festivals entitled London Is The Place For Me at the Tabernacle (2014) and the British Library (2016).
In Jubilation!, over fifty living, contemporary Jamaican poets reflect in complex, nuanced, outspoken, meditative, humorous and outrageous ways upon the historical and existential moment of Jamaican independence from Britain and the years that have followed. A majority of the poems were written for this anthology and are previously unpublished. It includes work from the best known poets of the last fifty years, as well as some of the new and exciting voices that remind us that Jamaican poetry is a vibrant and necessary force in Jamaican cultural life. It is by no means the first anthology of Jamaican poetry, but until Jubilation! none has appeared for several decades.
A Story I Am In: James Berry Benefit
Acclaimed poet James Berry celebrated 90 years of poetry, stories and song in 2014. James was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease nine years ago and has been in residential care for over two years. During that time he has been in five different care homes and has spent four months in hospital. Despite the serious nature of his illness he continues to enjoy listening to poetry and talking about everything under the sun.
In this special fundraising event at the Tabernacle on Friday 27 September, nineteen outstanding poets and performers shared a stage to mark Berry’s life in words and to bear witness to his contribution to the transformation of the national, Caribbean and international literary landscapes.
The line-up featured John Agard, Hannah Lowe, Andrew Motion, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grace Nichols, Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Inua Ellams, Keith Waithe, Michael Horovitz, Susanna Howard, Myra Barrs, Melanie Abrahams, James Ingham, Dean Atta, Philip Cowell, and Lovers Rock Monologues (featuring Janet Kay, Victor Romero Evans and Carroll Thompson). The event was hosted by Ian McMillan.
The event was created by The James Berry Fundraising Project, a Collective of those who are close to James and supporters of his work, Myra Barrs, Susanna Howard, Hannah Lowe and Melanie Abrahams. The event was produced by Renaissance One with partners Living Word, English Pen and The Tabernacle.