Olive Senior

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Olive Senior is a Jamaican writer and poet. In addition to her non-fiction works on the Caribbean, Olive has published four poetry collections, Talking of Trees (1985), Gardening in the Tropics (1994),  Over the Roofs of the World (2005), and Shell (2007), three collections of short stories, Summer Lightning (1986), Arrival of the Snake Woman (1989), and Discerner of Hearts (1995), a novel, Dancing Lessons (2011), and a children’s book, Birthday Suit (2012). Olive has won numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Summer Lightning in 1987, a Musgrave Gold Medal in 2005 by the Institute of Jamaica for her contributions to literature, and the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Gardening in the Tropics in 1995. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canada Region) for Dancing Lessons in 2012.

More resources:

Click here to buy books by Olive Senior.

Visit her website.

Read the Jamaica Gleaner‘s interview.

Read Calabash‘s interview.

Read Sentinel Poetry‘s interview.

Read the Journal of the Short Story in English‘s interview.

Read Anansesem‘s interview on Brithday Suit.

Read The CRB‘s review of Shell, written by Lisa Allen-Agostini.

Read Quill and Quire‘s review of Dancing Lessons.

Read The Globe and Mail‘s review of Dancing Lessons.

Read Caribbean Beat‘s interview/ review.

Read The Winnipeg Review‘s review of Dancing Lessons.
Read the Jamaica Gleaner‘s review of Shell.
Read “The Fiction of Olive Senior: Traditional Society and the Wider World” by Richard F. Patteson, published in Ariel.
Read the NGC Bocas Lit Fest‘s blog coverage of Olive’s talk at the 2013 festival.
Watch Commonwealth Writers interview Olive at the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Listen to Olive read her work at The Poetry Archive.