Why We Write
with African Canadian Poets and Novelists
H Nigel Thomas
novelists and poets discuss the complexities of the writing
experience. Apart from identifying how the writers’ geographical
and social origins have influenced their work, the questions
deliberately avoid autobiography. Instead, these writers respond
to the exigencies of craft, the manipulations of publishers, the
criticism of readers, and the absence of a clearly identifiable
market for their works.
Austin Clarke, Bernadette Dyer, Althea
Prince, Afua Cooper, M. NourbeSe Philip, Cecil Foster, Lawrence
Hill, George Elliott Clarke, Wayde Compton, Robert Sandiford,
Suzette Mayr, Claire Harris, Pamela Mordecai, and Ayanna Black.