Jamaica Kincaid: novelist and writer – Creative Conversations ZOOM EVENT
Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow
An extra-special event with award-winning writer Professor Jamaica Kincaid in conversation with Sophie Collins and Colin Herd.
One of the foremost writers in the world, and an urgent voice in fiction and postcolonial studies, Jamaica Kincaid has twice won the Faulkner Pen Award for Fiction. In 1965 Jamaica Kincaid left Antigua for New York to work as an au pair, then studied photography at the New York School for Social Research and attended Franconia College in New Hampshire. In 1972 she became a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine from 1974-1996, publishing her first book, At the Bottom of the River, a collection of short stories, in 1983. Her first novel, Annie John, followed in 1985 – the story of a wilful 10-year-old growing up on Antigua. Further novels include Lucy (1990); The Autobiography of my Mother (1996), a novel set on Dominica and told by a 70-year-old woman looking back on her life; and Mr. Potter (2007). A Small Place (1988), is a short, powerful book about the effects of colonialism. My Brother (1997) chronicles her brother’s batlle with AIDS. Her love of gardening has also led to several books on the subject, including My Garden (2000) and Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya (2005), a memoir about a seed-gathering trek with three botanist friends. Her novel See Now Then (2013) won the Before Columbus Foundation America Book Award in 2014. Jamaica Kincaid is a Professor in the English, African and African-American Studies Department at Harvard University and lives in Vermont.
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