I’m a writer, born in Trinidad, based in London. I own two passports and like to travel back home to Trinidad as often as possible. Apart from researching and writing books, I teach Creative Writing in the UK and Trinidad, also in Cuba and Greece. I have published three novels and a memoir, edited an anthology of short stories, The Global Village, for Tell Tales, and published some short stories and even some poems. I write every day and see it more as a way of life than a job.
In the past, (2002–2006) I used to be a Centre Director for The Arvon Foundation, running Totleigh Barton, their writing centre in Devon — a job I enjoyed very much. From 2006–2009, I held two posts with the The Royal Literary Fund, at Sussex and Chichester Universities. I am currently one of the RLF Fellows at Greenwich University.
In 2010, my second novel, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (Simon and Schuster UK) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize; it was also short-listed for the Encore Award in 2011. It has been hailed as part of a New Wave of fiction emerging from the Caribbean and I consider myself just one of a whole new generation of authors now coming of age and writing about the region. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle has since sold in the USA, Australia and Europe.
In July 2012 I will be publishing my third novel, Archipelago. It will be launched in the UK, USA and Trinidad roughly at the same time.
“It is a major contribution to the New Wave of Caribbean Writing... breaks entirely new ground“
Olive Senior, Commonwealth Prize winner.
“The age of innocence in Caribbean fiction is over“
Simon Lee, Trinidad Guardian.