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.

Bio

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

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https://www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/gig-detail/3945

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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http://barkafabianova.net/fotogalerie/2017Rudolstadt/Samstag/AnthonyJoseph/

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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Facebook Event Page and Contact Info

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.


The Frequency of Magic: Chapter 37

Readings from my unpublished novel 'The Frequency of Magic' recorded  in Sans Souci, Trinidad in May 2017


Spoken Word Special on Worldwide FM 6.4.17

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Spoken Word Special: Paul Bradshaw with Anthony Joseph // 06-04-17 // 12-2PM BST

We celebrate the art of Spoken Word with founder of Straight No Chaser and part of the Worldwide Family, Paul Bradshaw.

He welcomes Anthony Joseph, performance poet, spoken word artist and frontman for the Spasm Band.


Drum Song - Live at The Jazz Cafe, London 26.11.16

Last night was special. Its always an achievement to pack out a headlining gig

at one of the hottest venues in your home city, and last night we did that,

at the Jazz Cafe in London.

Here's some raw video shot by our friend, the lovely Adelina Iliev

A mighty, mighty band...

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Roger Raspail - Percussion, congas, Ka
Christian Arcucci - Guitar
Anthony Joseph - Vocals
Eddie Wakili Hick - Drums
Andrew John - bass
Denys Baptiste - Saxophones
Byron Wallen - Trumpet