Author Spotlight: Caryl Phillips

By Mar 13, 2018Authors

Caryl Phillips was born on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts on 13th March 1958, 4 months later he moved to England with his parents who settled in Leeds.

Phillips read English at Queen’s College Oxford, during which time he directed plays and spent his summers working at The Edinburgh Festival. When he graduated in 1979 he moved to Edinburgh where he wrote his first play “Strange Fruit”.

 

Much of his writing focuses on the Atlantic Slave Trade, it’s legacy and consequences. “Crossing the River”, which is possibly Phillips’ best known work, won The Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for The Booker Prize. The story charts 250 years of the African diaspora, tracking three black people on their separate journeys, on three different continents, all struggling with separation from their native Africa.

As well as writing Caryl Phillips has also taught at universities all over the world, including Ghana, Sweden, Barbados and India. He is currently Professor of English at Yale University.

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Hanif Kureishi (5th December 1954) is a British novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker of Pakistani and English descent. He’s written many novels and short story collections, but is maybe best known for the Buddha of Suburbia, his first novel, which was also adapted as a four part mini-series of the same name.

Born in Bromley South London to a Pakistani father and an English mother, His father harboured dreams of writing but his ambitions were never realised. In contrast, his son Hanif is considered to be one of the greatest British writers and actually made the Times list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Read More

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The Bad Sex Award nominees will have to wait no longer to see if they are winners of the tongue-in-cheek literary prize.

The all-male group nominated for their strange or gross depictions of sex included Gerard Woodward, William Wall, James Frey, and a particularly rapey scene written by Haruki Murakami (dude, gross, don’t do that).

The winner was announced at a lavish ceremony hosted by retro pop star Kim Wilde at the In & Out (Naval & Military) Club in London.

James Frey and his book Katerina won with his awkward and cringe-worthy passage describing… Well, you know.

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Margaret Atwood is Writing Handmaid’s Tale Sequel and We’re Screaming With Excitement

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I can’t believe I am actually typing this but thirty-three years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale and on the back of the hugely successful television series, Margaret Atwood has confirmed that she is writing a sequel!

The author announced the news on Twitter today and gave some information about the upcoming book, which is to be called The Testaments. Here’s what she said:

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Have you ever wondered how much your favourite authors are paid, compared say to how much you are paid? Well Wordery.com have created a tool that allows you to compare your wages with the highest paid authors in the world.

The team has researched the world’s highest paid authors and this tool allows you to see how long it takes the five highest paid authors to what you earn. The research is interesting and found that:

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Jeff Kinney is one of the world’s most successful children’s authors of all time and his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 200 million copies. The author has met three presidents and has even attracted the attention of the Pope after his books were translated into Latin. In an interview with the BBC, Kinney discusses the popularity of his books, and his efforts to get kids away from screens.

The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book made its debut in 2004 and has since evolved into a series that now spans 13 books which are available across 140 countries. The cartoon artwork and handwritten font follows a middle-scholar named Greg and his best friend Rowley. The books follow their adventures whilst also aiming to encourage young children, particularly boys, to read.
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