"Letters Home": Caribbean author Dr Paulette Ramsey

7:30pm – 9:00pm

There have been many great and enduring works of literature by Caribbean authors over the last century. Hodder Education's Caribbean Contemporary Classics collection celebrates these deep and vibrant stories, overflowing with life and acute observations about society.

Written as a series of letters from the child Sunshine to her absent mother, Aunt Jen traces the changing attitudes of a child entering adulthood as she tries to understand the truth behind her mother's departure, and make sense of her relationship with her family. Aunt Jen migrated to England as part of the Windrush generation, and Sunshine's letters, written in the early 1970s, reveal something of the emotional as well as the physical gulf between those who left and those who remained behind.

A companion novel to Letters Home, Aunt Jen is a painfully one-sided correspondence, revealing the complex inheritance we pass on to our children.

Paulette will be reading from her books and discussing Black writing, followed by a Q&A and signing afterwards. Her books will be on sale (card payments only please).

Paulette Ramsay is an eminent academic and Professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the University of the West Indies. She has written two published novels and several volumes of poetry in addition to academic publications in the field of her research. She has been awarded the National Order of Merit by the Government of France.


  • Adult