Thursday, 20 May 2010

CALABASH COUNTDOWN: Who and What's on the 2010 Schedule

Russell Banks

Friday, May 28

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm:
Jamaican first-time authors Michael Holgate, Diana Macaulay and Helen Williams get the festival going with readings from their buzzworthy debut novels.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm:
Two of America’s most distinguished writers (Russell Banks and Sharon Olds) back to back. One novelist. One poet. Double the pleasure.

10:30 pm – Midnight:

A film presentation of Smile Orange, the classic Jamaican comedy from late playwright-screenwriter Trevor Rhone, starring Carl Bradshaw.

Midnight – 2:00 am:

Live music from two of Jamaica’s golden voices: Freddie McGregor, one of the most beloved and prolific singers to ever come out of Jamaica, and Etana, one of the most beloved and prolific singers to come of Jamaica in the last five years. Two generations. One stage. One love.

Wole Soyinka

Saturday, May 29

10 am – 11:30 am:

Akashic Books presents brand new fiction and poetry from Cuban-American Cristina Garcia, Pakistani Feryal Ali Gauher and American Bernice McFadden.

12 noon – 1pm:

Nigerian-born Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka steps into ‘The Chatterbox’ to discuss his vision and experiences as a playwright, poet and public intellectual.

3 pm – 4:30 pm:

Rising stars of poetry take the mic: Jamaica’s Ishion Hutchinson, Matthew Shenoda (USA/Egyptian) and Christian Campbell (Trinidad/The Bahamas)

5 pm – 6:30 pm:

During a segment dubbed Memory & Imagination, Geoff Dyer (UK) and Colson Whitehead read from their latest novels, while American Kaylie Jones shares excerpts from her dazzling memoir.

8 pm – 9:30 pm:

Novelists Helon Habila (Nigeria), Nami Mun (South Korea) and Helen Oyeyemi (Nigeria) read from their acclaimed works.

10 pm – 2 am:

Enjoy the vintage tunes and friendly rivalry between blue-moon selectors Colin Channer and Mutabaruka, who square off under the stars for ‘CalaClash II: Muta’s Revenge’

Billy Collins

Sunday, May 30

10 am – 11:30 am:

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Neville Dawes’ The Last Enchantment, Jamaicans Winston ‘BelloBell, Adjoa Dawes, Leonie Forbes and Hon. Chris Tufton will read passages from the book.

12 noon – 1 pm:

Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins and India’s Sudeep Sen take the spotlight

3 pm – 4:30 pm:

Paying tribute to The Gong’s final studio release, Uprising, Jamaican musicians Ibo Cooper, Seretse Small, Steve Golding and Wayne Armond hit with music.

For more info on the 10th anniversary staging of the Calabash International Literary Festival, visit

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