2021: Event 15

(15) Letters To America:
Dai George interviews
Fred D’Aguiar

Saturday 17th April | 5:30-6:30pm | Free

Rising  Welsh  author  George interviews British-Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar, now professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, about his Poetry Book Society Winter Choice,  Letters to America, featuring poems  full of lived tales and memories – of Britain, the Caribbean and the United States – and often in traditional forms. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, D’Aguiar grapples with the legacies of racism and postcolonial identity, shining light on our troubled times.

Sign Language interpretation provided

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Fred D’Aguiar smiling ay the camera.

Fred D’Aguiar

In Letters to America the Guyanese-British poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar has some difficult things to say. The twenty-two poems are full of lived tales and memories – of Britain, the Caribbean and the United States – and of specific and shared memory. He supplies some of the difficult detail he has omitted from earlier poems. The modern mid-city Los Angeles sun-rise we experience is a cacophony, violent and memorable music rendered in prose. The poems weave in and out of familiar forms, including terza rima, casting and breaking spells. There is peril at every turn, and opportunity. Image: Debbie Dalton 

Fred D’AguiarLetters to America
ISBN: 9781800170087

Dai George

Dai George is a poet, novelist and critic from Cardiff, now living in London. His first poetry collection was The Claims Office (Seren, 2013), and his next one, titled Karaoke King, will be published by Seren in June 2021. His work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the United Kingdom. He works as reviews editor for Poetry London, and his first novel, The Counterplot, is available as an Audible Original. Image: Peter Keeble 

Dai GeorgeThe Claims Office
ISBN: 9781781720905

Cathryn McShane-Kouyaté

Cathryn McShane-Kouyaté is a British Sign Language/ Welsh/English interpreter with 15 years experience of working in a wide range of settings including theatre, education, and community work.  In the last year Cathryn has become a familiar face from her interpreting work for the Welsh Government and the regular COVID-19 ministerial press briefings broadcast live across news channels in Wales.