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  • The country’s strong literary tradition was on show in London on Saturday (Sept. 27), at an event hosted by the Jamaican High Commission in London.
  • The event, held at the Waterlow Park in Camden, featured some of the country’s best authors and poets including Kei Miller, Kerry Young, and Deanne Heron.
  • Saturday’s function started with a special tribute to Jamaican-born theatre producer and writer, Peter ‘Flip’ Fraser who died recently. He was best known for the ‘Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame’ showcase, which toured Jamaica in the late 1990s. The tribute was done by Mr. Fraser’s close friend and colleague, theatre producer Junior Douglas.

The country’s strong literary tradition was on show in London on Saturday (Sept. 27), at an event hosted by the Jamaican High Commission in London.

The event, held at the Waterlow Park in Camden, featured some of the country’s best authors and poets including Kei Miller, Kerry Young, and Deanne Heron.

High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, told the audience that the event was organised to showcase the rich diversity of the Jamaican culture.

“Everyone knows that Jamaicans can sing, everyone knows that we are good runners and athletes, but this event was to show and remind people that Jamaica also had a rich tradition in literature and the spoken word,” she stated.

The literary event was described as a ‘mini Calabash’ in reference to the international literary festival that is held biennially in St. Elizabeth.

Saturday’s function started with a special tribute to Jamaican-born theatre producer and writer, Peter ‘Flip’ Fraser who died recently. He was best known for the ‘Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame’ showcase, which toured Jamaica in the late 1990s. The tribute was done by Mr. Fraser’s close friend and colleague, theatre producer Junior Douglas.

This was followed by readings by award winning author and poet, Kerry Young from her books ‘Pao’ and ‘Gloria’; while writer Deanne Heron read from her book ‘Partner Money Stories’.

Jamaican entrepreneur and singer Levi Roots, thrilled the audience with a performance of his new single ‘Rice and Peas’.

The highlight of the afternoon was special guest Kei Miller’s reading from two of his books including his latest, ‘The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion’.

Also featured were performances from Artistry Youth, and traditional Jamaican folk and mento music and songs by the Koromanti Art drummers. The Kalabash Hut Restaurant from Mitchum Surrey provided Jamaican dishes.

The Literary Event was supported by National Commercial Bank, Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel and Hansib Publishers.

High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said that efforts will be made to stage the event every year.