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Monique Roffey & Leone Ross - Captivating Caribbean Fiction

Monique Roffey & Leone Ross - Captivating Caribbean Fiction

Monique Roffey & Leone Ross - Captivating Caribbean Fiction

Aye Write

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Dates and times

Friday 14 May 2021
6:00PM - 7:00PM

Captivating Caribbean Fiction
Monique Roffey & Leone Ross chaired by Rodge Glass

6pm – 7pm BST*

Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch was the Winner of the Costa Book Award 2020. In 1976 on St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season, a fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn't expect. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by this man David and his song. In Leone Ross’s This One Sky Day, dawn breaks across the archipelago of Popisho. The world is stirring awake again, each resident with their own list of things to do: A wedding feast to conjure and cook, An infidelity to investigate, A lost soul to set free. As the sun rises two star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across this single day. When night falls, all have been given a gift, and many are no longer the same. The sky is pink, and some wonder if it will ever be blue again.

*This performance is live and will be available to watch for three weeks after the broadcast date to accommodate different time zones.
This performance is included in the Aye Write 2021 festival pass, so you will not need to purchase this event if you have already purchased a pass.

Books are available to purchase from our bookseller partner supports independent booksellers and for every book purchased 10% comes back to Aye Write and Wee Write, helping to invest in our city’s book festival and reader development programmes.

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