Rachel Manley


Born July 3, in Cornwall, England. Manley is known not only for her poetry, but for her non-fiction trilogy about one of Jamaica's most influential families--her own. She was the first child of Michael Manley and Jacqueline Kamelard Gill. Michael Manley was a charismatic man who served as Jamaica's prime minister between 1972 and 1980, and then again between 1987 and 1992. Her parents divorced when Manley was two, and she was sent to Jamaica to live with her grandparents, Norman Washington Manley and Edna Manley at Drumblair, the family estate. Manley's grandfather, Norman Washington Manley, was the founder of the People's National Party, and one of the key figures in the Jamaican struggle for independence. Manley's grandmother, Edna Swithbank, was a well-known sculptor and prominent figure in Jamaica's cultural life. Published in 1996, her first memoir, Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, won the Canadian Governor General's Prize for non-fiction. The second in the trilogy, Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers, is devoted to the political and private lives of her father. The follow-up memoir, Horses in Her Hair, published in 2008, is based on her grandmother’s life.  While awaiting the publication of her latest memoir Sometimeswriter, she is currently working on a novel Peacock Island.  From 2002, Manley has been a non-fiction creative writing mentor at the Lesley University MFA Distance Learning Program, Cambridge, MA.


For more information on Rachel Manley, you can visit her website, or listen to an interview that she did with Vijay Maharaj for The Spaces between Words podcast.





Rabindranath Maharaj


Mr. Rabindranath Maharaj is the award-winning author of eight books, including five novels. His latest novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Trillium Fiction Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. He was born and raised in Trinidad and emigrated to Canada in the early 1990s, where he has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. In 2012, Maharaj received a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award as part of the commemoration of Trinidad’s 50th independence anniversary.

For more information on Rabindranath Maharaj, you can visit his website, his Facebook page or listen to an interview that he did with Ryan Durgasingh for The Spaces between Words podcast.