Guyana Speaks – A Feast of Poetry Prose and Art – London UK – 27 January 2019


Pauline Melville is a dual British and Guyanese national. Before writing her several books, she was an acclaimed actor, appearing in films such as Mona Lisa, and BBC TV series like The Young Ones. Her first collection of stories, Shape-shifter (1990) won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Macmillan Silver Pen award. Her first novel, The Ventriloquist’s Tale (1997), which dealt with the European impact on Amerindian life in Guyana, was awarded the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel and the Guyana Prize for Literature. Her other works include The Migration of Ghosts (1998) and Eating Air (2009). She lives in London and returns to Guyana frequently to visit family and friends.

Michelle Yaa Asantewa, PhD taught Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing and English Literature for a number of years at London Metropolitan University. She has written several books including Elijah (2015), Something Buried in the yard (2016), Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese Elder (2016); a non-fictional work adapted from her PhD thesis, Guyanese Komfa: the Ritual Art of Trance (2016), and a collection of poems, The Awakening (2014). She is currently an independent scholar and co-founder of Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition Services and resides in London.

Mr Gee has been a Spoken Word poet for two decades. Perhaps best known as the “PoetLaureate” on Russell Brand’s Radio show, he’s toured the world many times with the Comedian. His work has been featured in the Times, The Guardian & the New Statesman. He’s presented several radio series on BBC Radio 4 and was a featured guest on the BBC 2 programme, “Poetry Between the Lines”. Mr Gee has delivered a Tedx talk focusing on the extensive rehabilitation work that he does in prisons and he was a host for the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Forum.

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