Anthony Joseph at Manchester Poetry Library

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Writer and musician Anthony Joseph. Image: Bunny Bread/@icreatenotdestroy
Writer and musician Anthony Joseph. Image: Bunny Bread/@icreatenotdestroy.

Anthony Joseph at Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Poetry Library, Manchester 2 December 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

Award-winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician Anthony Joseph will be introducing his selection of records to inaugurate the audio collection at Manchester Poetry Library, incorporating poetry and music.

Anthony Joseph was invited to make his choice of poetry on vinyl earlier this year by the brand-new Poetry Library, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and he will be introducing the collection at this event.

Anthony Joseph was invited to make his choice of poetry on vinyl earlier this year by the brand-new Poetry Library, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and he will be introducing the collection at this event, playing selected records as part of a special lecture which blends music and poetry. He will be joined by Andrew John on bass, who has been a mainstay of Anthony’s core of musicians for over 10 years – as a musician, Anthony has released eight critically acclaimed albums, and in 2020 received a Paul Hamblyn Foundation Composers Award.

Anthony Joseph is the author of three novels and four poetry collections – Desafinado (1994), Teragaton (1997) and the Salt-published Rubber Orchestras (2013) and 2012’s Bird, Head, Son, of which Linton Kwesi Johnson said he has “a powerful imagination”. In 2019, he was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.

His most recent publication is the experimental novel The Frequency Of Magic, which came out with Peepal Tree Press in 2019. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography Of A Calypso Icon was shortlisted for both the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and it was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. In 2020 a Spanish edition of Kitch was published, preceded by a Polish translation of his afrofuturist classic The African Origins Of UFOs. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths University and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Anthony Joseph at Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Poetry Library, Manchester 2 December 2021 Entrance is free Visit now

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