The Poet Tries to Map a Way to Purbeck!
Kei Miller: poet, novelist, writer, prolific blogger and publisher of books of essays and prophesies will be bringing his distinctive voice to the DJ Derek stage at Wilkswood Reggae 2018. Kei has won many awards for his writing including the distinguished Forward Prize for ‘The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion’ (Best Poetry Collection, 2014) and his other books include ‘Augustown’ (W&N, 2016), ‘Kingdom of Empty Bellies’, ‘The Fear of Stones’ and ‘There is an Anger that Moves’. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in May 2018 he receives an Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Jamaica.
Winner of The Forward Prize 2014 (Best Poetry Collection)
Named one of the Next Generation Poets 2014
Winner of the overall OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2017 for novel Augustown
“Radiant utterance that speaks of island experiences and gender politics from a deep well of understanding, with empathy, humour, and insight”. Olive Senion
“The title, it’s so current, when we think about all these borders fidgeting and wriggling and changing. It questions our traditional idea of what poetry is because he has such a Jamaican voice and his love of rhythm and performance poetry is evident in his work.” Cerys Matthews, Judge of the Forward Prize
“Kei is doing something you don’t come across often: this is a beautifully voiced collection which struck us all with its boldness and wit. Many poets refer to multiple realities, different ways of observing the world. Kei doesn’t just refer, he articulates them”. Jeremy Paxman
‘The language is as clear as spring water’. Observer
‘Miller’s storytelling is superb’. Sunday Times Ireland