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Olive Senior

Olive Senior (b 1941, Jamaica) is the prizewinning author of 18 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Her many awards include Canada’s Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Her work has been taught internationally and widely translated, including most recently her poetry collections Gardening in the Tropics into Arabic and Shell into Spanish. Her book of Pandemic Poems, which she has been sharing on social media during “the summer of Covid-19”, will be published shortly.

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