Anthony Joseph and Shara McCallum: Poetry and the Reimagined Life | UEA Live: Autumn 2022


This autumn, UEA Live celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Norwich becoming England’s first UNESCO City of Literature with a series of special events from bestselling international writers. Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Kamila Shamsie, Caribbean poets Anthony Joseph and Shara McCallum, and renowned novelist Esther Freud, will introduce their latest books.

UEA Live welcomes Anthony Joseph, a Trinidad-born poet, novelist and musician, and Shara McCallum, a Jamaica-born poet, in conversation with UEA’s Prof Alison Donnell.

Anthony Joseph’s new poetry collection, Sonnets for Albert, has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry 2022 and interrogates his complex relationship with his late father. Through the melodic calypso sonnet form, Joseph addresses loss and longing, masculinity and fatherhood.

Shara McCallum’s latest collection, No Ruined Stone, is a captivating verse sequence rooted in the re-imagined life of 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. We know that in 1786 Burns considered migrating to Jamaica to work on a slave plantation, and this poetic work in monologue imagines what might have happened had he gone?

The events run from Wednesday 5 October to Wednesday 7 December with tickets on sale now at £10 per ticket or £6 for students. Season tickets are available at £27 full price or £24 concessions, and digital season tickets at £15, for all 3 events. Book and ticket bundles are available in collaboration with Waterstones. To book, visit the UEA Live website:

All events will be held at the UEA Lecture Theatre from 7pm-8pm. There will also be author Q&As and the opportunity to buy signed copies of the authors’ books.