marlon-james“Fifty years ago, a dynamic series of talks on literature emerged in Edinburgh. A gathering of writers from around the world brought pressing questions surrounding literature’s purpose to the fore, prioritizing these lively, oft-raucous debates and driving conversations that had resonances not just in Scottish letters, but in global discussion. The 2012-2013 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference made its official stop at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest to continue the conversation, and found the stage primed for two explosive and engaging panels. The first of these took place on April 27th, and focused on the troublesome notion of A National Literature?. The panel was chaired by Marina Warner, and featured a keynote address from Marlon James, with Irvine Welsh, Hannah Lowe and Vahni Capildeo filling out the writers’ table….”

For more of this blog see the NGC Bocas Festival coverage