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Things I Have Withheld, with Kei Miller THIS DATE MAY CHANGE!

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Date(s) - Thursday, 27th May
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Kei Miller will be in conversation with Deanne Bell from Nottingham Trent University about the subjects of his Things I have Withheld, published earlier in May.

In this moving and lyrical collection of essays, the poet and novelist Kei Miller explores the silence in which so many important things are kept. He examines the experience of discrimination through this silence and what it means to breach it: to risk words, to risk truths. And he considers the histories our bodies inherit – the crimes that haunt them, and how meaning can shift as we move throughout the world, variously assuming privilege or victimhood. Through letters to James Baldwin, encounters with Liam Neeson, Soca, Carnival, family secrets, love affairs, white women’s tears, questions of aesthetics and more, Miller powerfully and imaginatively recounts everyday acts of racism and prejudice.

Kei Miller – like Deanne Bell – was born in Jamaica. He currently divides his time between Jamaica and the United Kingdom. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. Published widely in the Caribbean before coming to the UK in 2004, his most recent other work included the novel Augustown and the poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

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His book of essays, Things I Have Withheld can be ordered in advance from bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk