Trading Tales: a conversation about history and fiction
with Jane Harris, Lisa Allen-Agostini, and Michael Cherrie
Trading Tales is a residency programme in Scotland and the Caribbean for writers of historical fiction, organised in August and September 2014 by the British Council in partnership with Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. The programme allows two Caribbean writers and one Scottish writer to explore the historical relationship between Scotland and the Caribbean, as part of a programme of activity for the Commonwealth Games.
On Thursday 4 September, from 7.30 pm, Alice Yard will host a reading and discussion with two of the participating writers, who will talk about their current works in progress, the role of fiction in exploring shared histories, and the experience of the Trading Tales project. The conversation will be chaired by Nicholas Laughlin, programme director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and co-director of Alice Yard.
All are invited.
Jane Harris is a British writer of historical fiction originally from Glasgow, author of the acclaimed novels The Observations (2006) and Gillespie and I (2011). During her time in the Caribbean, she will visit Trinidad, Grenada, and Martinique, doing research for her next novel.
Lisa Allen-Agostini is a Trinidadian writer of fiction and poetry, and co-editor of the celebrated anthology Trinidad Noir (2008). She is a columnist with the T&T Guardian and edits the newspaper’s Sunday arts supplement. She recently spent three weeks in Glasgow, based at the Mitchell Library, researching the lives of two 19th-century Scottish immigrants to Trinidad.
Acclaimed actor Michael Cherrie will also participate in the event, giving a dramatic reading of an excerpt from Harris’s novel-in-progress.
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