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Fire Down Below

Tuesday 15 August 2017
The Studio

As Britain emerges from the Second World War, change is afoot in the far-flung Empire. In the Caribbean, debates about self-determination intensify. At the same time, economic challenges lead many to migrate, causing issues of citizenship, and crises of identity and culture.

These issues, many of which persist today, will be in focus as prizewinning Jamaican Poet Laureate and novelist Lorna Goodison, Grenadian writer and editor Jacob Ross and Guyanese artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo join Marina Salandy-Brown, Director of the NGC BOCAS Literature Festival in Trinidad.

Two champion Extempo singers, a risqué form of rhyming calypso, who perform under the stage names of Short Pants and Black Sage, add a wry musical take on the discussion.

Part of the International Festival and British Council season Spirit of '47

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  • Running time: 
    1hr 30mins approx


The Studio

22 Potterrow



More information about some of the artists

Marina Salandy-Brown

Lorna Goodison

Jacob Ross

Roshini Kempadoo

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


All tickets: £6

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF