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Stir It Up - 50 Years of Writing Jamaica

Stir It Up - 50 Years of Writing Jamaica

Playing tracks by

Bob Marley and Derrick morgan.

Stir It Up - 50 Years Of Writing Jamaica

Aired: Monday September 10th 2012 / BBC Radio 4

To mark 50 years of Jamaican independence, Salena Godden considers the impact of her Jamaican heritage on her literary identity. Salena will take us on a personal journey exploring the rich and varied body of work created by her literary contemporaries. This programme features new commissioned poetry and excerpts from Salena Godden’s book ‘Springfield Road’ adapted for BBC Radio 4.

Among others we’ll meet author Courttia Newland, celebrated dub poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and the highly acclaimed Professor Kwame Dawes. Plus award winning playwright Patricia Cumper and Leeds based poet Khadijah Ibrahiim. Its a celebration of the poetic heart of Jamaica. And its produced by Rebecca Maxted, Radio Production Awards Winner 2012 - Producer of the Year and Best Documentary/ Feature Maker.

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Paul Ferguson

Loved this, Gyal :)

Susan Angoy

Great programme , and performance Salena. Your voice is like warm, luscious melted chocolate that caresses, stimulates and pleasures you. Thank you. x

Salena Godden

NewNews: 'Springfield Road' is to be published by Unbound Books, find out more here: