Thursday 23 June 2022, 8pm

Photo by Naomi Woods

Anthony Joseph – 'Sonnets for Albert' + Anthony Joseph in conversation with Hannah Silva

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Delighted to host a launch event for Anthony Joseph's new poetry collection, Sonnets for Albert (Bloomsbury Poetry, 9 June), a book of reimagined sonnets, remixing the form in a set of elegies for his father that commemorate and interrogate their complex relationship, while examining the wider edges of Caribbean masculinity and fatherhood, absence, loss and longing.

Using his form, the calypso sonnet, a politically invested line length, Joseph enforces a melodic rhythm which reminds him of his father and favours a decidedly Afro-Caribbean approach.

Anthony Joseph will discuss Sonnets for Albert with writer and performer, Hannah Silva, followed by a music-accompanied reading with Jason Yarde (alto & soprano saxophones) and Richard Ólátundé Baker (percussion).

‘An absolutely brilliant writer’ – Benjamin Zephaniah
‘An exceptional talent’ – Blake Morrison

Anthony Joseph

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. In 2019, he was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. As a musician, he has released eight critically acclaimed albums, and in 2020 received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester. Sonnets for Albert is his fifth poetry collection, and his first since 2013’s Rubber Orchestras. He lives in London.

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