Kei Miller

Kei Miller

with Flavio Santi

Teatro Sociale, Sunday September 14, 5.30 PM

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. Kei writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Ryhs Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First book and has won the Una Marson Prize. His recent book of essays won the 2014 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (non-fiction). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. In 2013 the Caribbean Rhodes Trust named him the Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

“A light song of light don’t talk
the way I talk most days.
To tell the truth I never know at first
what this country was going do me –
how I would start hearing myself
through the ears of others,
how would I start putting words on a scale
and exchange the ones I think in
for the ones I think you would understand,
till it become natural, this slow careful way
of talking, this talk like the walk of a man
who finds himself on a street he never born to,
who trying hard to look like nothing
not bothering him. And maybe nothing wrong
with a false talk like that, but that
is no way to sing”.

Kei Miller from A Light Song of Light, Carcanet, 2010