Posted on 2nd October 2012

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Lawrence Scott: Reading and in conversation with Anne Walmsley

Lawrence Scott: Reading and in conversation with Anne Walmsley, Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 6.00pm for 7.00pm start at 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute are delighted to invite you to celebrate the publication of Lawrence Scott’s new book, Light Falling on Bamboo, published by Tindal Street Press. Set in 1848, Light Falling on Bamboo dramatises the life of renowned artist Michel Jean Cazabon as he returns home to Trinidad from Europe to be at his beloved mother’s deathbed.

‘This novel shows us the dark “truth of an age” in a small corner of the New World, once dependent on slave labour. Scott … shows us a world full of prejudice and social injustice, and we feel uncomfortable throughout. And also, like Cazabon, we fall in love numerous times with this complicated world.’– Monique Roffey, Independent

‘In this intimate, compassionate portrait of 19th century Trinidad, Lawrence Scott presents a gripping tale of a world burdened by its secrets and exposed by its art.’ – Earl Lovelace

Lawrence Scott, prizewinning novelist and short-story writer, was born on a sugarcane estate in Trinidad. His previous novels are Witchbroom (1992), Aelred’s Sin (1998), and Night Calypso (2004). In 2009 he edited Golconda: Our Voices Our Lives, an anthology of oral-histories and other stories and poems from the sugarbelt in Trinidad. Over the years, he has combined teaching with writing and he divides his time between London and Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Anne Walmsley is a British-born writer specializing in Caribbean art and literature. Her publications include Guyana Dreaming: the Art of Aubrey Williams (1990), The Caribbean Artists Movement: A Literary and Cultural History 1966-1972 (1992) and Art of the Caribbean, an introduction (2010).

Lawrence Scott’s book will be on sale on the night and for signing.

Light Falling on Bamboo, hardback £12.99, ISBN 978 1 906994 39 6

Lawrence Scott discusses Light Falling on Bamboo in this short film by Karen Martinez, the Trinidad filmmaker of Chutney in Yuh Soca shown on Channel 4.

For more information or to book a place, please contact New Beacon Books at newbeaconbooks@btconnect.com or tel. 020 7272 4889

New Beacon Books and George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN, (nearest station Finsbury Park – underground and British Rail)

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is an archive, educational research and information centre housing materials relating mainly to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe. One of its main current activities is its HLFfunded project ‘Dream to Change the World’, which is cataloguing and archiving the papers and other materials of the late John La Rose, founder of New Beacon Books and the GPI.

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