Caribbean Convicts in Australia – •

On Friday, December 3, 11:00am – 12:00pm (Australian Jap Daylight Saving Time), there might be a documentary podcast launch for Caribbean Convicts in Australia, hosted by Brent Clough, with producers Sienna Brown and Ben Etherington. ​​[See link below to RSVP and to receive a Zoom link.]

Description: Within the ABC Radio Nationwide documentary podcast Caribbean Convicts, the novelist Sienna Brown tells the story of the cohort of West Indians convicts who arrived in NSW on the ship the Moffatt in 1836. Most had been enslaved, together with William Buchanan, a Jamaican man who was transported for collaborating within the Christmas Day slave rebellion in Jamaica, in 1831-32.

Caribbean Convicts weaves collectively a number of of the West Indian males’s tales and brings them to life with interviews, archival sources, and scenes from Brown’s novel Grasp of My Destiny, set to a rating by the Trinidad-born composer Felix Cross.

Hosted by the previous ABC presenter and reggae researcher Brent Clough, this on-line launch will embody excerpts from the documentary and dialogue with Sienna and co-producer Ben Etherington.

SIENNA BROWN is a Sydney-based novelist born in Kingston, Jamaica. Whereas working at Hyde Park Barracks as a information, she found William Buchanan and different Caribbean convicts within the indent database sending her on a analysis journey that led to her novel about Buchanan, Grasp of My Destiny (Penguin Random Home, 2019). It gained the MUD Literary Prize for the most effective debut novel by an Australian author and it was shortlisted for the ARA Historic Novel Prize. Sienna has been an expert dancer, documentary director and editor and is at present writing her second novel.

BEN ETHERINGTON is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Writing and Society Analysis Centre. He has beforehand produced options for ABC Radio Nationwide on dancehall soundsystems in Kingston (with Matthew Baker) and the Gangalidda chief Clarence Walden (with Alexis Wright). Current publications embody Literary Primitivism (Stanford UP) and a chapter on poetry and print tradition for the second quantity of Caribbean Literature in Transition (Cambridge UP). His present venture is on the poetics of Anglophone Caribbean creole verse within the interval between the abolition of slavery and decolonisation.

was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand. His childhood love for reggae was deepened by an opportunity to interview Bob Marley in 1979 in addition to time spent immersed within the London reggae scene. He has been a producer/presenter of arts and music programmes on ABC Radio Nationwide and group radio and a very long time DJ and promoter of reggae occasions and his educational work centres on reggae and Caribbean tradition in Australia and the Pacific. Brent is at present writing up his PhD analysis on reggae tradition in Vanuatu within the Western Pacific. He co-presents the present, Bambu Hut with Jamaican-Australian, Amma Owusu and veteran Jamaican DJ, Keith Williams on Eastside FM.

Caribbean Convicts was produced for ABC Radio Nationwide’s The Historical past Hear with seed funding from the Faculty of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Writing and Society Analysis Centre.

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