Angela Barry and Abigail Zammit are current PhD students in the Lancaster Department of English & Creative Writing; Monique Roffey 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, Gorée: Point of Departure (Peepal Tree Press, 2010): A chance encounter at Kennedy Airport with her ex-husband Saliou takes Magdalene and their daughter, Khadi, on a visit to Senegal. There, a trip 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 when Khadi and Hassim, Saliou’s brother-in-law, are drawn together, those looking on must wonder whether history will repeat itself […]
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 […]
Monique was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2010. See her article, I wanted what my parents had, published in The Guardian on Saturday 8 May 2010.
Abigail Zammit, Voices From The Land of Trees (Smokestack Books, 2007): These 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.” […]
Abigail Zammit, who is from Malta, was awarded an MA in Creative Writing by Lancaster University in 2006.