Caribbean Nights

Your Local Arena presents…

Ilkley Literature Festival was proud to be a part of the Your Local Arena project. From 6-10 October 2020 we hosted online two archive BBC Arena documentaries – Calypso, Carnival and Steel Pan and Three Kings of Calypso, part of a special series of Arena films entitled Caribbean Nights.

In response to these films, Your Local Arena presented a fascinating panel discussion featuring Emily Zobel Marshall, literature producer Melanie Abrahams, sociologist Max Farrar and author Anthony Joseph.

The project also commissioned new works from local poets Khadijah Ibrahiim and Michelle Scally Clarke, and a masterclass from noted non-fiction author Colin Grant, whose West Yorkshire Playhouse-commissioned play Queen of Chapeltown told the history of Leeds, the oldest UK Carnival.

To find our more about the Your Local Arena project, and the documentary subjects hosted by other participating literature organisations, visit: