‘Caribbean Voices’, a pioneering literary programme launched on the BBC World Service seventy-five years ago, is credited with kickstarting modern Caribbean literature. But how true is that and was the work any good? In an upcoming series on BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, five authors including Colin Grant and Paul Mendez (recently profiled on WritersMosaic) explore the legacy of ‘Caribbean Voices’. Is the BBC marking its own homework with such broadcasts? Perhaps, but as is evident in the first episode of the series on the writer and broadcaster Una Marson, it’s also shining a light on luminaries who have too long been eclipsed.
Photo of Una Marson courtesy of the BBC