The Frequency of Magic Tour

Author, poet and musician Anthony Joseph will be animating his latest book for live audiences. He reads from his most recent novel The Frequency of Magic, accompanied by some of the UK’s finest musicians, creating an enthralling performance of spoken word and improvised jazz.

Over the course of the tour, Anthony 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.


Where to see Anthony perform:

16 March 2022 – Frequent Magic – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds – buy tickets here

29 March 2022 – Writers Mosaic – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester – book your free ticket here

3 April 2022 – Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival with Linton Kwesi Johnson – Bristol Old Vic – book your ticket here


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. Published by Leed’s-based Peepal Tree Press, the book can be bought here.

In June they went into a north London studio and over five days recorded the whole of the book. The musicians recording and performing with Anthony are Denys Baptiste, Andrew John, Thibaut Remy, Colin Webster, Jason Yarde and Rod Youngs.


About Anthony Joseph:

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.


Produced by Speaking Volumes and funded by Arts Council England.

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