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Top L-R: Kwame Dawes (photo by Don J Usner); Yvonne Brewster(photo courtesy the artist). 2nd row L-R: Tanya Shirley (photo, Peter Ferguson Studio); Alex Wheatle. 3rd row L-R Hannah Lowe (photo, Lealle Brady); Courttia Newland(photo, Sharon Wallace); Sara Collins (photo, Rebecca Davidson). Right: Kerry Young, photo: Francoise Paton.

8th October

From 11am

Leeds Central Library

Jamaica’s much-loved Calabash International Literary Festival brings a hint of Treasure Beach vibe to Leeds for an unmissable, day-long literary take-over of the library curated by Calabash co-founders Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell.

Internationally acclaimed Emmy Award winning writer Kwame Dawes will take to the stage in conversation with Yvonne Brewster OBE and to introduce a tribute to the late Godmother of Dub Poetry, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, as well as a stellar line up of writers of Jamaican heritage;

UK fiction:  Sara Collins (Confessions of Frannie Langton), Kerry Young (Pao; Gloria), Alex Wheatle (Cane Warriors; Kemosha of the  Caribbean), Courttia Newland (A River Called Time).

Poetry: The UK’s Hannah Lowe (The Kids, 2021 Costa Book of the Year) and Jamaica’s Tanya Shirley (The Merchant of Feathers) will be joined by more writers to be announced.

Generously supported by Leeds 2023, Peepal Tree Press and The Institute of Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies.