Dr Anthony Joseph

Job: Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6177

E: anthony.joseph@dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: www.anthonyjoseph.co.uk


Personal profile

Anthony Joseph is an award winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and long listed for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. In 2019, he was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His most recent publication is the experimental novel The Frequency of Magic for which he recieved an Arts Council England Touring Award in 2020.   In 2020 a Polish translation of his afrofuturist novel The African Origins of UFOs appeared, followed by a Spanish translation of Kitch.  As a musician, he has released eight critically acclaimed albums, and in 2020 received a Paul Hamblyn Foundation Composers Award. His new collection Sonnets for Albert is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing in June 2022.

Publications and outputs


  • Sonnets for Albert (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022)
  • Rubber Orchestras (Salt Publishing, 2011)
  • Bird Head Son (Salt Publishing, 2008)
  • Teragaton (Poison Engine Press, 1997)
  • Desafinado (Poison Engine Press, 1994)


  • The Frequency of Magic (Peepal Tree Press, 2019)
  • Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon, (Peepal Tree Press, 2006)
  • The African Origins of UFOs, Salt Publishing, 2006)


Selected Anthologies

  • More Fiya: A New Collection of Black British Poetry, ed. Kayo Chingonyi, Cannongate, 2022
  • Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War, ed. by Karen McCarthy Woolf (Nine Arches Press, 2018)
  • The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honouring Gwendolyn Brooks, ed. by P. Kahn, R. Shankar & Patricia Smith (The University of Arkansas Press, 2017)
  • Poetry by Heart: A Treasury of Poems to Read Aloud ed. by Andrew Motion, Julie Blake, et al., Faber & Faber, 2016)
  • Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets, ed. by Jackie Kay, J. Procter, G. Robinson (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)
  • The World Record: International Voices from The Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus, ed. by Neil Astley, Anna Selby (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)
  • Black, Brown & Beige - Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora. ed. Franklin Rosemont, Robin D.G. Kelley (University of Texas Press, 2010)

Key research outputs

  • Curation of The Manchester Poetry on Vinyl Library (2021)
  • 'Sonnets for Albert' (BBC Radio 4, 2021) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qx12
  • ‘Comets’ A commission in honour of Derek Walcott,  Linton Kwesi Johnson & Fred D'aguiar (Speaking Volumes/George Padmore Institute, 2020)
  • Curation of Windrush: A Celebration - The EFG London Jazz Festival. A series of 5 events which reconsidered and celebrated the literary and musical contributions of the Windrush generation. 
  • 'Kitch' (BBC Radio 4, 2015) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xp15m
  • ‘Voyage en Pays Vaudou: Music of the Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad & Tobago’ (Jazz News Magazine, 2014)
  • ‘The Continuous Diaspora: Experimental Practice/s’ in Contemporary Black British Poetry’ ‘Black’ British Aesthetics Today (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ed. R. Victoria Arana, 2007)

Research interests/expertise

  • Fiction
  • Poetry & Poetics
  • Postcolonial Writing
  • Black British Writing
  • Life Writing
  • Experimental Writing
  • Music Writing

Areas of teaching

  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction
  • Poetry & Poetics
  • Life Writing


  • PhD in Creative & Life Writing (2016)
  • MA in Creative Writing (2016)

Courses taught

  • CREW1001 - Writing Identity
  • CREW2012 - Story Craft
  • CREW1013 - Shaping Ideas

Honours and awards

  • DMU Arts Dance and Humanities Teaching & Research Award - Most Impactful Research , 2021  

  • Paul Hamblyn Composers Award 2020                                                              
  • Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow 2019
  • Arts Council of England Touring Award for The Frequency of Magic - 2021 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow

  • (AHRC) Arts and Humanities Research Council Post Graduate Research Scholarship

  • Arts Council of England Touring Award for The African Origins of UFOs (2007)

Conference attendance

Papers Presented - selected

Keynote Speaker at ‘Work in Progress’ Conference, Birkbeck College, London, 2019

‘Researching Kitch’ - Transformations of Narrative in the Postcolonial Era, Kings College, London, 2016

‘The Frequency of Magic’, Inaugural Lecture at The Institute of European Studies, University of Berkley, California, 2015

'The Power of Caribbean Poetry - Word and Sound’, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, 2012

‘Fragmented Narratives and Liminal States in the Windrush Generation’ - Transformations of Narrative in the Postcolonial Era Conference, Goldsmiths, London, 2010

‘Kitch - Research, Writing and Performance’, Third International Conference on Steelpan, University of East London, 2010

‘On Afro-futurism’, University of Vienna, Austria, 2009

‘Using the Future to Reconcile the Wrongs of the Past’ at Cultural Fictions II Conference, Goldsmiths, London, 2006

‘The Continuous Diaspora: Experimental Practice/s in Contemporary Black British Poetry’ at Black’ British Aesthetics Conference, Howard University, Washington, 2005

Panels Facilitated - selected

 ‘The Women of Windrush’, Panel discussion, Waterstones, London, part of ‘Windrush: A Celebration’, EFG London Jazz Festival, 2018

 'Jump In The Line: Calypso in Britain’, Panel discussion, Yaa Center, London, part of ‘Windrush: A Celebration’, EFG London Jazz Festival, 2018

Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘In Conversation’ at Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad, 2014

Earl Lovelace ‘In Conversation’ - ‘Transformations of Narrative in the Postcolonial Era Conference, Goldsmiths, London, 2010

Key articles information

  • ‘Happy in the Mother Country: Liminality in Samuel Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners’ in The Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, ed. Lauri Ramey, 2019)
  • ‘Brathwaitian Engines of Expression: On the Influence of Kamau Brathwaite’ (Small Axe, ed.  Kelly Baker Josephs, 2018)
  • Kitch: A Liminal Griot in Four Movements’ London is the Place for Me 8 - Lord Kitchener in England 1948-1962 (Honest Jons Records, 2019)
  • ‘On The Mighty Sparrow’ (Wire Magazine, 2018)

Externally funded research grants information

AHRC Scholar, 2013-2016