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Polly Pattullo, publisher of Papillote Press, warmly invites you to the launch of Riff: the Shake Keane Story by Philip Nanton. The launch of this biography of the jazz musician and poet will include words and music. There will be a Q & A with Philip and Robert Lee, the St Lucian poet; a discussion between music critic Kevin Le Gendre and Keane’s son and jazz musician Roland Ramanan; readings by Philip and Lafleur Cockburn – and the magic music of Shake Keane himself.

Book launch of Riff: the Shake Keane Story by Philip Nanton
On Thursday, January 28, 2021 Time: 07:30 PM GMT, 15:30 Eastern Caribbean Time.

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See the new reviews on the book Riff: the Shake Keane Story in the reviews.

What happened during the past 2 years:

Much of 2019 has been spent interviewing, collecting material and drafting my biography of Shake Keane. Here is a blurb about the book:

Shake Keane was the consummate jazz side-man who mastered many other musical genres. He was also an accomplished poet, teacher and raconteur. He lived the life of an itinerant whose locations included his native St. Vincent, London, Cologne, New York and Oslo.

This biography explores the many features of this contrary, affable, larger than life, Caribbean icon.  The book is to be published by Papillote Press late 2020/early 2021. 

Three pieces were commissioned by the Royal Literary Fund and were submitted in 2020:
– Belonging and a Sense of Place
– Why I Write
– A West Indian in Africa.

See my video contribution to World Storytelling Cafe, Poetry Section.  First aired April 2020.

21st April 2020 interview followed by edited version of Island Voices recording broadcast on Barbados CBC during Covid 19 pandemic lockdown.

I contributed a reading at ‘Speaky Spokey’ on 9th May 2020.