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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Praise Songs - Jane Ulysses Grell

Jane Ulysses Grell is a storyteller, teacher, writer, and poet from Delices, Dominica, who is based in London. She holds a B.A. in French from Fordham University and a postgraduate diploma in French from Poitiers University. In the mid-eighties, she began working with oral storytelling to help boost children’s literacy, especially that of bilingual children, and since 1999, she has dedicated herself full-time to storytelling.

Jane is shortly to published her collected poems entitled Praise Songs. Her work represents "The music of words in the African-Caribbean oral tradition at its best."

Copies of Praise Songs can be ordered from or from Central Books ( or from other good bookshops or AmazonPapillote People’s Press £6.99 (ISBN 9780957118744).

The book will be launched at the Dominica High Commission (1 Collingham Gardens, London SW5 OHW - nearest tube, Earls Court, Earls Court Rd exit) from 6.30 - 8.00 pm on Friday 14th June. RSVP to

Jane can be heard reading poems from this collection prior to the launch at an evening of music and poetry to be held at Holy Trinity Hatfield Heath on Monday 27th May from 7.30pm. Jane will be joined for the evening by Mal Grosch (click here for details of his new collection of poems entitled Blackfriars), Jenny Houghton and myself (click here, here and here for book and meditation information) plus music from Colin Burns and the six churches.

This performance evening is part of the Arts Festival for the Barking Episcopal Area, an initiative which began in 2011 and involves quality events from a variety of Arts genre as a way of embracing and celebrating performing and visual arts and engaging with local communities, their people and arts culture. 
This year's Festival is being held in Harlow Deanery from 23rd - 27th May in parallel to the Heart 4 Harlow Festival. As in previous years, we have a very exciting programme including the premiere of Korban – a new play on the life of Christ; Art Talks (including Bishop Stephen on Stanley Spencer); art and photographic exhibitions, includingcommission4missionFlower Festival (Hatfield Broad Oak); music and poetry evening (Holy Trinity Hatfield Heath); and Big Lunch and Community Praise, among other events. Click here to see more information and publicity. Click here for the Festival's Event page on facebook. Download the full programme for the Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival by clicking here.


Colin Burns - Linger Here.

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