Wednesday 15 September 6;30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join author, poet and musician Anthony Joseph as he reads from his most recent novel The Frequency of Magic, accompanied by some of the UK’s finest musicians, he will create an enthralling performance of spoken word and improvised jazz.

The Frequency of Magic
 is an experimental, magical realist story about Raphael who earns his living as a butcher in a hillside village in rural Trinidad.

He is also a would-be author, but there have been so many distractions to the novel he has been writing for forty-one years that many of the characters have lost patience and gone off to do their own thing… but somehow the novel seems to write itself.

Over a tour of 10 dates, Joseph and his ensemble will perform the entirety of The Frequency of Magic, offering a complete overview of this work whilst promising each audience an entirely unique experience that will not be repeated anywhere else.

Produced by Speaking Volumes and funded by Arts Council England.


Recalibration, an exhibition of the works of artist and musician Marcus Vergette curated by Honeyscribe in Exeter Custom House, will remain open after this event until 10pm. Marcus will provide musical accompaniment to Anthony Joseph’s reading in the Transit Shed, after which you can explore the exhibition in Exeter Custom House.


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. His most recent publication is the experimental novel The Frequency of Magic. In 2019, he was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.  In 2020 a Polish translation of his afrofuturist novel The African Origins of UFOs was published, followed by a Spanish edition of Kitch. As a musician, he has released eight critically acclaimed albums, and in 2020 received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award. His most recent album, The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives was released in May 2021. He lectures in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester.


This performance will take place in the Transit Shed on Exeter Quay.

PLEASE NOTE: Places for this event are limited as we continue to monitor changing Covid-19 guidance.

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