The New Carnival Company are set to host a public book launch with author Davis Deen (AKA Coco P).
His new release; ‘Tales of Survival – Caribbean stories and poems’ consists of twelve short stories and poems, drawn from his own Trinidadian heritage.
As Coco P, Davis is well known on the Island as an entertainer, talented poet and master of ceremonies at local carnival events. He has worked with The New Carnival Company for several years, comperes the stage at the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras and worked alongside the company on the London 2012 Blue Touch Paper Carnival project which saw many learning disabled adults from the Island perform at the Olympic Park.
The Book Launch will take place at ‘Aspire’, formerly known as Trinity Church, Dover Street, Ryde, on Wednesday 15th October, from 19:30. There will be traditional songs and drumming, a chance to meet Davis Deen and readings from himself.
This is the fourth in his e-book series which are published by The London Magazine and are all available online through the Amazon Kindle store.
Chris Slann from the New Carnival Company said:
“We are delighted that Davis has chosen to launch the book here on the island as we know he feels very much at home here and part of Island life. I am sure there will be many friends, colleagues and supporters who are keen to share and celebrate his talent”.
Steven O’Brien, Editor of The London Magazine said:
“Davis Deen’s book is a rich homage to the oral culture of the Caribbean. Yet here is no pastiche -the writing thrives, as if the tropical foliage of the tongue has parted to reveal all the spice, sweat, laughter and life of the green islands. The cadences linger long in the memory”.
Photographed: Davis Deen (right) with schoolchildren from Binstead Primary School at the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras. Photo thanks to The New Carnival Company