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10 minutes with Jamaican writer, Lorna Goodison

Posted on 30/09/2014
By Commonwealth Foundation
“If I could sing, I wouldn’t be a writer. The only reason I write is because I can’t sing.”
Lorna Goodison

Photo credit: Georgia Popplewell

Lorna is an internationally acclaimed poet from Kingston, Jamaica. Her many books of poetry include Controlling the Silver (2005), Goldengrove (2006) and Oracabessa (2013). She has also written a memoir, From Harvey River (2008), described by The Independent as a ‘bittersweet reminder to all Jamaica’s exiles of what we have lost’, and three collections of short stories. In 2014 she won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her poetry collection Oracabessa.
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Orcabessa Lorna GoodisonOracabessa (2013) – described by Carcanet Press as ‘A book of risky journeys, mappings and re-mappings, as the poet navigates place, history and imagination’.
At Lunch in Les Deux Margots’ – read Lorna’s Guardian poem of the week (24 February, 2014).
Podcast with Lorna Goodison – one from the archive: a 2012 interview with the Jamaican poet, author and 1986 winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for North and South America. This podcast was recorded during a week-long collaboration between Commonwealth Writers and The Spaces Between Words and is edited and presented by Giselle Rampaul.
Lorna Goodison Performs at Words Aloud 10 – Lorna reads from her poetry, memoir and a cautionary tale in this lively performance at Canadian spoken word festival, Words Aloud.
Poetry Archive – listen to five of Lorna’s poems, read by the writer.

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