Islands voices

Not everything is what it seems on St Christopher & the Barracudas. Guided by Emmanuel “Fish-head” DeFreitas, Chief of Police (Rtd.), Island Voices takes us on a tongue-in-cheek journey into the heart of this imaginary Caribbean island as a cross-section of residents – from coconut-seller to lawyer, radio DJ to librarian – voice their concerns. (To purchase click here)

“Philip Nanton offers us an accoustic mirror in which to contemplate the collective foibles that connect the islands. A vibrant addition to the Caribbean bookshelf”. John Agard
Canouan Suite and other pieces

Canouan Suite and Other Pieces is Philip’s second collection of poems and short prose pieces. This new collection selects from his range of writing over the years. In addition the text is set alongside and is in creative tension with images produced by 15 fine artists who hail from across the Caribbean. The writing in his new collection ranges through serious reflection, humour and social commentary. (To purchase, click here)

A beautifully designed and presented collection of words and images that work with and against each other in a creative tension. The paintings make an intriguing and provocative backcloth for a variety of writing styles, from measured lyric poems to intense prose-poems. Philip Nanton’s trademark is his storyteller’s ear for the language of life around him. This collection reveals him to be a more complex, serious and accomplished writer than perhaps we had realised. Stewart Brown, Reader in Caribbean Literature, University of Birmingham and co-editor (with Mark McWatt) of The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse.
Frontiers of the Caribbean

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“This beautifully written book offers an extraordinary vivid picture of St. Vincent’s history and its physical, social and cultural topography. It also provides a compelling sociological analysis that reveals the value and promise of ‘the frontier’ as a conceptual tool with which to explore the impact of globalization. The book is highly original, both methodologically and conceptually. Its unconventional structure mirrors the author’s arguments about frontiers, and by unsettling its readers, encourages them to question and reflect on other boundaries, especially those between art and science, poetry and sociology’. Julia O’Connell Davidson, Professor in Social Research, University of Bristol

Riff explores the turbulent life of the Caribbean musician and poet Shake Keane (1927-97). A wanderer, he absorbed many of the themes of the 20th century – colonialism, migration and masculinity. Each of them found expression in his work. Born in St Vincent, he migrated to London in the early 1950s where he became an important figure in the free form jazz scene. A return to his birthplace was blighted by politics, and his last decades were spent in New York City and Norway where he experienced a degree of emotional peace despite financial difficulties. This biography reveals the many features of the life of this trend-setting but troubled Caribbean icon. The book launch will be early 2021.