Three Scenes from a Jamaican Childhood, Including the Unspeakable

Caribbean Studies Seminar Series

Speaker: Thomas Glave (Liverpool)

This manuscript excerpt, approx 3,000 words, explores the nuances of a (future queer/gay) male 'Jamerican' child's movements through a 'brown' middle-class family in 1970's recently independent Jamaica, mainly in the capital city of Kingston. 

Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award winner), The Torturer’s Wife (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist) and Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh. He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award winner), and an associate editor of Wasafiri magazine. He has been Martin Luther King Jr Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick, and is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool. A trustee of Writing West Midlands (UK), Glave is an editor of Transition and a 2022 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nottingham. He has work forthcoming in The White Review, Latin American Literary Review, and on BBC Radio 3.

Event date: 4 October 2022

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