Kei Miller presents…
Exceptional times call for exceptional writers. Award-winning poet, essayist and fiction writer Kei Miller introduces his selection of ten unmissable emerging writers working in the UK today. Discover the writers you should be reading and find out why Kei believes they are influencing and shaping the UK’s literature scene.
Kei will be joined in conversation with three of his chosen writers as he explores what makes their work so vital.
Presented as part of the International Literature Showcase, a showcase of 50 outstanding writers whose work reflects the vibrancy, diversity, and eclectic range of contemporary UK literature, as selected by five curators of profile (Elif Shafak, Val McDermid, Jackie Kay and Owen Sheers, Kei Miller). The list of 50 authors marks the culmination of a two-year project between the National Centre for Writing and the British Council to bring outstanding UK writing talent to new global audiences, providing an invaluable resource for literature festivals, HE teachers, librarians, book groups, publishers, and translators.
Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council as part of the International Literature Showcase. With support from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.
About Kei Miller
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978 and has written several books across a range of genres. His 2014 poetry collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection; his 2017 novel, Augustown, won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Prix Les Afriques and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter. He was the 2019 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.