Jenny Mitchell’s work has been broadcast on BBC Television and Radio 4. Her travel articles have been published in The Guardian and The Observer, and she was one of the prizewinners of the Asham Award for Women Writers. She is Founder-manager of Inner Vision, an arts-educational project for Children Looked After that works in partnership with social services and national museums to run creative projects that aim to give the young people a clear sense of identity and purpose. She has also developed three training programmes that aim to support the teaching of transatlantic enslavement at Keystage 3, and has worked in partnership on these projects with the National Union of Teachers and Anti-Slavery International.
This extract is from a novel-in-progress of the same name that uses historical fiction tropes to examine the legacies of transatlantic enslavement, especially the trans-generational trauma that exists within and between the descendents of both masters and the enslaved. The main protagonist is Louis Mackenzie, a wealthy young English man who travels to Jamaica in 1889 with the intention of claiming back a plantation that once belonged to his slave-owning family. On his arrival he meets the dying but tenacious ex-slave, Miss Queen Fall, who is the legal owner of the plantation and determined to ensure that it is inherited by her grand-daughter, Lily.
This extract is concerned with the highly antagonistic relationship between Miss Fall and her 'mixed-breed' daughter, Primrose, whose father was also Miss Fall’s owner.
The novel is the first of a proposed quintet that will follow a mixed-race family from 19th century Jamaica to contemporary Britain.