Fear of Stones by Kei Miller
Alongside Willie Chen, he is one of two Caribbean writers nominated for the prestigious international award. Their presence on this year's shortlist is particularly exciting for the Caribbean since the winner will be declared at Jamaica's Calabash Festival in late May.
Both Chen and Miller are published in the Macmillan Caribbean Writers series, which Jonathan Morley, editorial director at Heaventree, now coordinates, having recently taken over from the critic and dramatist Judy Stone. Stone is said to be "delighted" at the news, while Morley adds, "Kei's reading tour of the West Midlands in the August of 2006 proved a delight with English audiences."
Praise for Kingdom of Empty Bellies
"Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry. Kei Miller's is a voice we will hear much more of for it sings with a rare confidence and authority."--Lorna Goodison
"There is a startling sophistication about these poems, suggesting a poet of striking promise."--David Dabydeen
"Radiant utterance that speaks of island experiences and gender politics from a deep well of understanding, with empathy, humour and insight."--Olive Senior
Kingdom of Empty Bellies is divided into three sections and illustrates various aspects of island life, notably the experience of Baptist women and of traditional African religious forms, of dreams and spirituality and of the “rum shop.”
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Kingdom of Empty Bellies