**** Guardian Review : Windrush: A Celebration review – a devastating carnival of black music


Windrush: A Celebration at the Barbican, London
 Liner notes … Windrush: A Celebration at the Barbican, London. Photograph: Emile Holba/EFG London jazz festival

large proportion of the British artists who have played at the London jazz festival in the past 26 years can trace their ancestry back to the Windrush generation, so it seems fitting for the festival to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s arrival. Tonight’s event, curated by Trinidadian poet and novelist Anthony Joseph, is billed as “A Celebration” but it is an angrier and more militant show than that word implies.

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National Poetry Day Mix @ Worldwide FM

Earlier this week I went to Worldwide FM to do a special National Poetry Day Mix. Its online now. Some jazz poetry, some rapso, some Brother Resistance, some LKJ, all poetry. Do your part to spread and share the words of these poets.

The new video for “Bandit School”filmed in Trinidad and featuring the mighty 3 Canal has its world premier today on Le Monde. Much love  and grtatitudesto Matthew Mora the director, Damian Whiskey, the Midnight Robber, the band and to everyone else involved!!

The new single 'On the Move' is here!

I'm really excited to share the new single from my forthcoming 'People of the Sun' album.

'On the Move' is yet another work of complex genius from composer/producer Jason Yarde, this was one of the most difficult songs to play for the band, and for me to find a way into, lyrically. It was like a knot, but eventually I did find a way in. The lyrics are based on the idea that in the Caribbean the sensation of being is so heightened that everything seems to happen at the same time, in a kind of simultaneous narrative. Ideas and images are occurring quickly and almost on top of each other in this song...travelling between the South of France, Trinidad and the cosmos here…flying.

Album out: September 21 - Pre-order here: https://idol.lnk.to/People_of_the_Sun]

More info: FIP

UK Video Premiere: https://www.songlines.co.uk

The 'Kitch' Tour

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading out on tour with my new novel Kitch this summer. Thanks to the Arts Council who were kind enough to grant me my second touring award and to Speaking Volumes for putting it all together. The first event is on this Sunday at Keats House, London.


The Kitch Tour
Anthony Joseph embarks on series of UK and US events exploring the legacy of The Empire Windrush. Marking the first major wave of migrants from the Caribbean to UK in the 20th century, their arrival changed and enriched our society and culture. Joseph will use his new novel, Kitch, as a starting point to interrogate this history and look at where we are now. Join him to examine the politics and activism, culture and music of the Caribbean on Britain.

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Kitch book cover2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex on 21 June 1948. The same date marks the publication of Kitch, Anthony Joseph’s fictionalised biography of calypso icon, Lord Kitchener, who was famously captured on film by Pathé reporters at the landing of the ship, singing “London is the place for me”, a song he had composed as the ship neared England.

In his recordings of the 1950s and ’60s, Kitch, as he was affectionately known, sung about the problems migrants faced in Britain, from poor working conditions, the lack of satisfactory housing, to the open racism and hostility they faced in the ‘mother country’.

Kitchener’s arrival onboard The Empire Windrush has become an iconic emblem of post war immigration into Britain, and his fourteen years in London and Manchester form an integral middle section of Kitch, in which his life as recording artist, touring musician, husband and quintessential Caribbean persona are intimately explored. His return to newly independent Trinidad in the early 1960s, is set against the dissolution of his marriage and his rivalries with fellow calypsonians. By focussing equally on Kitchener’s music and his largely undocumented private and political life, Joseph gets to the heart of the man behind the music and the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet, to present a holistic portrait of the calypso legend. You can hear Kitch!, a programme that Joseph made for BBC Radio 4, by clicking here.

Joseph will visit key cities in the UK with Caribbean populations – Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and London – to connect with those who were part of the migration from Britain’s colonial islands, and those who have been influenced by them, from community groups and activist collectives, universities and schools, to literary festivals and music performances, this tour will have something for everyone.

Tour events to date

Sunday 17 June – Windrush Day at Keats House: Anthony Joseph in conversation with Hannah Lowe.
Keats House, London.
Tickets free – book a place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windrush-day-kitch-with-anthony-joseph-tickets-45027157440

Saturday 7 July – Bradford Literature Festival: Anthony Joseph and Colin Grant in conversation with Emily Zobel Marshall, plus music from Anthony, Jason Yarde and Crispin Spry Robinson
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Tickets £1-£7 – buy here: https://bradfordlitfest.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587503

Thursday 12 July – George Padmore Institute: Anthony Joseph in conversation with Nicole-Rachelle Moore, and reading from Kitch.
George Padmore Institute, New Beacon Books, Stroud Green Road, Lonodn
Ticket information to follow

Edinburgh Book Festival, August 2018 – more information to follow

Ilkley Literary Festival, October 2018 – more information to follow

Goldsmiths College, Lonndon, October 2018 – more information to follow

Cheltenham Literature Festival, October 2018 – more information to follow

More tour dates will be added

Interested in hosting a Windrush Legacy / Kitch event with Anthony Joseph? Contact Sharmilla Beezmohun at Speaking Volumes: sharmilla.beezmohun@speaking-volumes.org.uk

Photo of Anthony Joseph by Mirabel White

Kitch – buy your copy now from Peepal Tree Press

Soon come...first single from the new album...keep a lookout...

Composers: A. Joseph/J. Yarde
Produced by Jason Yarde
Recorded, mixed by Jordan Kouby
Recorded in San Souci, Trinidad
Art work by Ozy Merrique

Vocals : Anthony Joseph
Saxophone : Jason Yarde
Drums : David Bitan
Bass : Andrew John
Keyboard : Florian Pellissier
Guitar : Kiwan Landreth Smith
Percussions : Modupe Onilu


New Novel - "Kitch"

kitch rough9 My book on Lord Kitchener is being published by Peepal Tree Press on June 21 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush's arrival at Tilbury. Much more info to come on this, but for now here's the cover and description...


Combining factual biography with the imaginative structure and investment in language of the novel, Anthony Joseph fully engages with the world he recreates, and by presenting a multifaceted view from Kitch’s friends, rivals and even enemies, he gets to the heart of the man behind the music and the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet to present a holistic portrait of the calypso icon Lord Kitchener.

Date published21 JUN 2018

Peepal Tree!

I'm really excited to announce that Peepal Tree Press are publishing my next two books. I'm truly honoured to be joining what is undoubtedly the most important Caribbean press. More info soon.

New Author

We've also just signed on the dotted line with celebrated British-Trinidadian author Anthony Joseph. We'll be publishing two of his books. One is a fictional biography of Lord Kitchener called
Kitch , and the other is a breathtaking novel called
The Frequency of Magic . Keep an eye out in 2018 and 2019 for these titles.

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Excited to announce my first live show in Trinidad

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Sun 5 November 2017

18:00 – 23:00 AST

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Kaiso Blues Cafe

Woodford Street

Port of Spain, Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

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Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anthony-joseph-caribbean-roots-live-tickets-37830228231

UK based poet and musician Anthony Joseph brings his live band to Trinidad for his first ever concert in his homeland at the iconic Kaiso Blues Cafe.

Joseph will present music from his celebrated 2016 release Caribbean Roots and will debut songs from his 7th album which is being recorded in Trinidad in November.

The band features UK and France based musicians Andrew John - bass, Jason Yarde - Saxophones, Florian Pellisier - Keys, David Bitan - Drums. Special guests include Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe - Steelpans, Kiwan Landreth-Smith - guitars, Modupe Onilu - Percussion, and John John Francis on vocals.


Anthony Joseph has released six critically acclaimed albums on the Paris based label Heavenly Sweetness since 2006. He has collaborated with Archie Shepp, Joseph Bowie, Keziah Jones, Andy Narrell, David Rudder and Meshell Ndgeocello who produced his 2014 album, Time. His sixth album, Caribbean Roots, was released in 2016.

He is the author of four poetry collections, a novel, The African Origins of UFOs for which he was awarded an Arts Council of England Touring Award. In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. He was awarded an AHRC scholarship in 2009 to complete his doctoral thesis on Lord Kitchener. His 'fictional biography' of Lord Kitchener, Kitch is forthcoming in June 2018 on Peepal Tree Press.

Joseph lecures in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and is Colm Toibin Fellow in Creative Writng at The University of Liverpool.

Some Reviews of Caribbean Roots:

  • Tremendous sixth album from the innovative poet, author, lecturer and musician....One of the most talented and engaging purveyors of the music right now' (Mojo ****)
  • A charged mash-up of militant Afrobeat, martial funk and Caribbean polyrhythms that is never less than thrilling. (Uncut)
  • Joseph’s tumbling, stream-of-consciousness plays with rhythms from Cuba and Jamaica as well as Trinidad. (FT ****)
  • Nothing is wasted here: every note counts as the band play up a hurricane, while Joseph sounds assured as he speak-sings stories with real resonance. (Songlines ****)
  • This band's canny playing evokes established musical traditions and carves new ones from their bones to underscore Joseph's lyric evocations of past, present, and future in a multivalent, seamless unfolding. In sum, all of Joseph's previous recordings have culminated in this mighty, glorious moment. -- (Thom Jurek, Allmusic ****)
  • 'A fearless and thoughtful exploration of his Trinadadian roots and his own Caribbean identity.' (UK Folk Radio)


Marsden Jazz Festival 7.10.17



Anthony Joseph and band at Marsden Jazz Festival

“A charged mash-up of militant Afrobeat, martial funk and Caribbean polyrhythms that is never less than thrilling.” (Uncut)

Full Price :£12

Child (16 and under):£6

When :Sat 7th Oct at 4:00pm (Ends - 5:30pm)

Where :Marsden Royal British Legion


Rudolstadt Festival, July 8 2017

Some great shots from our show at Rudolstadt Festival, Germany

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Thanks to Barka Fabianova, great work.

Creative Writing Course: Poetry & Prose

I'm running a very special 10 week Creative Writing course combining poetry and fiction with my colleague and award winning novelist Jonathan Kemp later this summer. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to improve their writing. Spread the word! Only 8 spaces available.


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This ten week short course is an opportunity to develop your writing of both prose and poetry with two professional writers and teachers. The course blends the teaching of poetic practice with prose writing on alternate weeks. It is aimed at those with some experience of writing and who feel like doing something different. The maximum size of the class is 8.

Led by poet, musician and lecturer Anthony Joseph, the poetic component of this course is aimed at intermediate writers - both poets who are open to experimentation and would like to develop their work, and fiction writers who are interested in how a poetic practice can enhance their prose. Participants will explore and experiment with several aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, lineation, rhythm and poetic diction and will re-examine both classic and contemporary poetic forms, including the sonnet, haiku and the Golden Shovel. Participants will read and respond closely to the each others work and will have their writing workshopped in a lively, supportive environment.

Award-winning novelist Jonathan Kemp will be running the fiction component, which is also aimed at intermediate writers. These classes will enable you to develop your prose in a safe, encouraging environment. Using extracts from published works, you will be directed - through class exercises and homework - to explore and experiment with your own stories. Aspects of fiction-writing such as character, dialogue, plot and point of view will be discussed and explored, and your work will be shared in a workshop setting and, in the last class, you will be invited to read out your finished work.

Start date: Tuesday June 27th
End date: Tuesday August 29th
Time: 11am-1pm

Cost: £425.00

Contact either of us to book a place or for further enquiries.