Islands and literature, from Iceland to Jamaica – books podcast by Guardian Books podcast

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In this week’s podcast we listen in to some of the writers from around the world who gathered in the Faroe Islands, in the north Atlantic, in May for a conference on the island in literature. Iceland’s Sjón – a novelist and a lyricist for his compatriot Björk – explains why it has been a longstanding dream to convene an island summit.

Greenlandic novelist Niviaq Korneliussen and Shetland poet Robert Alan Jamieson demonstrate what it means to fight for your language. Newfoundlander Donna Morrissey explains why she has made it her mission to chronicle a way of life destroyed by industrial fishing, while Tasmanian Pete Hay talks of the guilt of the colonising islander and Jamaican poet and academic Paulette Ramsey explores the many cultures of the Caribbean. We hear a vintage reading from Derek Walcott and a new theory from Faroese academic Bergur Rønne Moberg – the literature of the “ultra-minor”.
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