A GAME PROPOSITION
Ed. Jared Shurin
There’s a hostelry in Port Royal, or there was; little to no point in going there these days, unless you’ve a fondness for charred things. Were you to go there yourself you’d see some old posts and a plaque but once, oh once, once there were people and games and frolics and what fun we had — until there wasn’t any more fun to be had, if you understand me, you pretty thing.'
Four sex workers in seventeenth-century Jamaica play dice against the explorer William Dampier.
'And if you’ve never heard Rose Biggin read “A Game Proposition”– her voice echoing off the National Maritime Museum’s collection of figureheads – well, I’m sorry for you. Because that was a reading.'
– Listen here to the Unsung Live reading.