Caryl Phillips was born in St Kitts, West Indies, grew up in Leeds and was educated at Oxford. He has written for television, radio, theatre and cinema and is the author of fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction. Crossing the River was shortlisted for the 1993 Man Booker prize and Caryl Phillips has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial prize. A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2004 and Dancing in the Dark won the PEN Open Book Award in 2006. Colour Me English, a collection of essays which explore questions of identity and belonging, was published in 2011. His novel The Lost Child, a story of orphans and outcasts haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it was published in 2015. Phillips’s latest novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset, a novel about the late writer and feminist figure Jean Rhys, was published by Vintage in June 2018.
He has taught at universities in Sweden, Singapore, India, Ghana, Barbados and the United States and is currently Professor of English at Yale University. He lives in North Carolina with his family.
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