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25 February 2022

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15 October 2021

Memoirist and biographer Colin Grant tells us about writing his memoir Bageye at the Wheel; how he was inspired to write about Jamaican greats Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer; and the importance of his platform, Writers Mosaic, which nurtures and mentors writers of colour.

PODCAST TRANSCRIPTION

Colin Grant is the author of five books. They include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize, 2013. Grant’s history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016.

As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed several radio drama documentaries including A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; and A History of the N Word.

Grant is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and teaches creative writing for Arvon and Spread the Word. He also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, TLS, London Review of Books, Granta and New York Review of Books.  Grant’s latest book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, was a BBC radio 4 Book of the Week and a Daily Telegraph Book of the year 2019.

Publisher: Bea Hemming at Jonathan Cape

Agent: Sophie Lambert at C & W

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