Five Vincentian authors you should know

By Rumi Samuel Published on September 25, 2022
Five Vincentian authors you should know

If you love to read, many famous authors are from the Caribbean and St Vincent and the Grenadines is among the many islands in the region that have contributed to the world of books, poems and short stories.  

Reading is important for many reasons, including building vocabulary, developing critical thinking skills and improving memory.  

Here are five authors from St Vincent and the Grenadines that you should know: 

  1. Nigel Thomas

Born in 1947 in St Vincent and the Grenadines, H. Nigel Thomas is a novelist, poet and literary critic. Born and raised on a Caribbean island, he emigrated to Canada in 1968. Thomas taught English and French at the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal and is a retired professor in Literature at Université Laval. 

He has over a dozen literary publications, short stories and poems. His published works include Easily Fooled, Fate’s Instruments, No Safeguards, Return to Arcadia, Behind the Face of Winter and Spirits in the Dark.  

Thomas was recently awarded the 2022 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize.  

Peggy Carr

Born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Peggy Carr is a journalist, poet, novelist and cultural ambassador for SVG who is now based in Taiwan.  

'Shape of a Warrior', a historical fiction, was her first novel published in October 2020. Before this, she also published poems with Honey and Lime,  her most popular collection.  

Carr’s poems have also been published in anthologies around the world.   

Philip Nanton

Well known throughout the Caribbean and internationally, Philip Nanton is a Vincentian writer and spoken word performer. He lives in Barbados.  

Nanton is the author of Canouan Suite and Other Pieces; Island Voices: From St Christopher to the Barracudas and Frontiers of the Caribbean.  

His latest publication, Riff: The Shake Keane Story, is a biography about neglected Vincentian jazz musician and poet Shake Keane.  

Cecil Browne

An author and college lecturer in Maths, Cecil Browne was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines but has lived in the UK since his teens.  

He recently made history for St Vincent and the Grenadines when he won the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (UK, Canada and Europe) for his short story ‘A Hat for Lemer.’  

His short story, ‘Coming off the Long Run,’ was published in the So Many Islands anthology in 2018.  

Cecil Browne is also the author of Cassie P Caribbean PI and short story collections The Moon is Following Me and Feather Your Tingaling.  

Cecil “Blazer” Williams

A novelist, poet, dramatist, playwright and lawyer from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cecil “Blazer” Williams has written four novels and has published numerous plays and poems. 

His latest novel is “When The Water Dried Up”, which depicts the struggle of Vincentians during the eruptions of La Soufriere volcano.  

His published novels include Memories of the Hibiscus, A Stirring of Radicals and The Man Who Came Back.  

These are just a few authors from St Vincent and the Grenadines, with many more.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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