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2017 Dixon Award Presentation by Emma Cranston

Date: 4:00pm PST February 28, 2017 Location: Watzek Library, Pamplin Room

Watzek Library, Pamplin Room

Through the efforts of two of English alumni, Hillary and Adam Dixon, this $2,500.00 award was established in 2002 by the Dixon Family Foundation to be given to one junior English major each year.  Emma Cranston, the 2016 grant recipient, will present her research findings.  The title of her talk is Derek Walcott, The BBC’s “Caribbean Voices”, and Emma Cranston.


This past summer, Emma traveled to two archives in England. The first was the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, where she read Henry Swanzy’s letters to writers, readers and listeners of the radio program Caribbean Voices. Caribbean Voices was the first outlet for post-colonial Caribbean poets, playwrights, and authors and hosted some of the most influential modern and post-modern Caribbean works. Many of these are only available as transcripts from the BBC written archives in Reading, where she found Walcott’s first lyric play “Paolo and Francesca”. This play changed her understanding of oral tradition, contemporary poetry and overall sound and led her to write her own ‘first play’. It was recently shown in Manhattan, and will be read at the end of her presentation by Maddie Ticknor, Matt Ross, and Professor Jerry Harp.

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