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About meI am currently a PhD candidate working broadly in the field of postcolonial literature.

About my libraryIt has a life of its own.

GroupsBBC Radio 4 Listeners, Caribbean Literature in English, Graduate Students, Reading Globally, theory

Favorite authorsChinua Achebe, Henry James, Jackie Kay, George Lamming, David Lodge, Earl Lovelace, V. S. Naipaul, Caryl Phillips, Eric Roach, Anthony Trollope, Derek Walcott (Shared favorites)

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Hi there,
Just came over via Kei Miller's poetry collection (there are two of us who have it now...), and thought I'd say hello since I did my master's at Stirling and would have done my phd there, if I hadn't got it in my head to defect from the ranks of academia to do creative writing instead... Also, I kept changing my mind about what to do my thesis on.

Anyway, don't forget to read outwith the Gothic reading group... ;-)

I just read your review of Mister B. Gone. I disagree with you about how good the book is, but thought your review was very well done.

I know it doesn't help your opinion of the novel any, but I also thought you might find this tidbit interesting. I was at a book signing for Mister B Gone and Mr. Barker was talking about where this novel came from. He was writing The Scarlet Gospels (look it up on wikipedia, it sounds very exciting) but was in such a dark place due to difficulties in his life that he couldn't handle writing that work any longer. In the middle of the Scarlet Gospels, he wrote down "BOTCH" off to the side for some reason.

Apparently, this was the seed from which Jakabok Botch was born. He felt he needed to take a break from the Scarlet Gospels and write something that was a bit more light-hearted in tone, even with the gore and such. So this is where he got the idea for a demon (at least part of the Scarlet Gospels is reported to happen in Hell) that was paying penance for some misdeed.

In any case, I thought you would enjoy knowing that. I'm very much looking forward to the next book of the Abarat (he stated it's going to be a 5 book series) and The Scarlet Gospels.
Hi there. I am sure you will be glad to hear that The Flowering Rock is a mandatory text of the West Indian Poetry course that is taught in the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. As is, I am a student of said course, and there is a shortage of copies to go around. I love the poetry of Eric Roach and I cannot wait for my own copy of the collection. So don't worry, his work is not lost, and so long as the Department of Liberal Arts here has anything to say about it, his work will be spoken of for quite a long time.
Thanks for the invite! Do I know you personally?
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