27th Annual Literary Festival

Creative Migrations

27th Annual Literary Festival
Old Dominion University
4-8 October 2004


Poet, novelist and playwright Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents. He lived in Guyana until he was 12. Before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, he had trained as a psychiatric nurse. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot, was published to much acclaim and established his reputation as one of the finest British poets of his generation. Along with Airy Hall, it won the Guyanese National Poetry Award in 1989. His first novel, The Longest Memory, tells the story of Whitechapel, a slave on an eighteenth-century Virginia plantation; it won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. D'Aguiar has been Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University, Visiting Writer at Amherst College, and Assistant Professor of English at Bates College. His plays include High Life and A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death. Most recent publications are the novel Bethany Bettany and two booklength narrative poems: Bill of Rights and Bloodlines. D'Aguiar is currently co-director of the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Tech. [extracted from 2004 brochure]

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