Some Recent Publications by Lancaster's Creative Writing PhD Students
Angela Barry (left) and Abigail Zammit (right) are current PhD students in the Lancaster Department of English & Creative Writing; Monique Roffey (centre) gained her PhD from Lancaster in 2009. All three have been working on cross-cultural projects. For information on the many other recent publications by past and present Lancaster postgraduate students, visit our Departmental webpage on postgraduate publications.
Angela Barry's Gorée: Point of Departure (Peepal Tree Press, 2010)
"A chance encounter at Kennedy Airport with her ex-husband, Saliou Wade, takes Magdalene and their now adult daughter, Khadi, on a visit to him and his new family in Senegal. Magdalene is understandably nervous about the return, remembering the pain of the mutual cultural incomprehension – she is a St Lucian – that ended the marriage almost twenty years before; but Khadi refuses to go without her. In Senegal, whilst the now cosmopolitan Saliou appears to exist comfortably in multiple worlds, there are more complex relationships to manage with members of his large extended family. But the sensitivities are not merely social and cultural. A visit Khadi and her half-sister Maimouna make to the slave port of Gorée has consequences that lay bare unfinished business between West Indians and Africans, between Magdalene and Saliou, and Khadi and her parents. And when Khadi and Hassim, Saliou’s brother-in-law, are drawn together, those looking on must wonder whether history will repeat itself." See the Peepal Tree Press site.
Angela Barry lives and works in Bermuda. Her writing has been published in The Massachusetts Review and she is the recipient of a James Michener Creative Writing Fellowship.
Monique Roffey, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (Simon & Schuster, July 2009)
"When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England George instantly takes to their new life, but Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill at ease with the racial segregation and the imminent dawning of a new era. Her only solace is her growing fixation with Eric Williams, the charismatic leader of Trinidad's new national party, to whom she pours out all her hopes and fears for the future in letters that she never brings herself to send. As the years progress, George and Sabine's marriage endures for better or worse. When George discovers Sabine's cache of letters, he realises just how many secrets she's kept from him - and he from her - over the decades. And he is seized by an urgent, desperate need to prove his love for her, with tragic consequences..."
Monique was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010. Read more about Monique Roffey. See also her article, "I wanted what my parents had," published in The Guardian on Saturday 8 May 2010: "Growing up in Trinidad, Monique Roffey liked being the child of a dashing alpha couple. They gave her a prototype of what a marriage could be: strong, happy, equal. Without conscious thought, she set out to replicate that remarkable union." Read Monique's article.
Abigail Zammit's Voices from the Land of the Trees (Smokestack Books, 2007)
Abigail Zammit, who is from Malta, was awarded an MA in Creative Writing by Lancaster University in 2006. Her new book, Voices from the Land of Trees, was published in 2007, published by Smokestack Books. Its poems, which tell the story of Guatemala's thirty-six years of civil war, "are spoken by many different voices - mothers, missionaries, children, soldiers, guerrillas, Indians, students and journalists - each struggling to be heard above the sound of gunfire and weeping, each trying to break the silence. Voices from the Land of Trees is a work of bold historical imagination and sympathy, a contribution to the process of recovering these terrible events from official silence and collective amnesia."
Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, County College, Lancaster University, LA1 4YD, UK