Friday 01 June 2018

The British Council in partnership with the Calabash International Literary Festival and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is set to produce “Walking Cities - Kingston”, the latest in the series of global literary documentaries produced by the British Council.

The “Walking Cities” films connect contemporary writers from the United Kingdom and around the globe. Films have been produced in Kolkata, Rome, Vancouver, and Toronto with the next stop being Downtown, Kingston.

The film features Marlon James, the only Jamaican to win the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature, as well as UK rapper, author and activist Akala, who is launching a new memoir, “Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire”.  These are two writers whose work is inspired by identity, places and territories.

“The British Council is pleased to facilitate Walking Cities in Kingston, a first for the Caribbean Region. We recognise the transformative power of both, literature and film and believe that this approach to storytelling, not only underscores Downtown Kingston’s ubiquitous influence on the some of today’s most iconic artists and writers, but also brings into sharp focus, how collaborative works can contribute to redefining a space; a space that is so very important to both Jamaica and the UK’s cultural and artistic legacies”, shares Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, Country Director at the British Council. 

This Walking Cities film will highlight the heritage, architecture and life in Downtown, where Marlon James’ most recent book about the assassination of Bob Marley, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, is set. The writers will walk through the streets of Downtown, Kingston, and they will discuss the relationship between the city, space, identity and their own writing, comparing and contrasting views and experiences from different sides of the Atlantic.

Both of these authors will also be attending the Calabash Festival now underway in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.

About the British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding with over 110 countries by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with, in the fields of arts, English language, education and civil society. Through our Arts programme, we seek to find new ways of connecting with each other through creativity and to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK. In 2015/16 our work in the arts reached 10.9 million people on the ground and a further 186 million online and through the media.