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Writer Dr. Karen Lord takes Centre Stage at UWI’s ‘Campus Literature Week’

For Release Upon Receipt - April 9, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago –  On Friday April 17, 2015, Writer-In-Residence at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine campus, Dr. Karen Lord,  will give a special reading at the closing Gala of the Campus Literature Week hosted by the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communications Studies.  From Monday to Thursday April 13 to 16, a host of writers including 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner, Sharon Millar and the spoken word poetry group - The Two Cents Movement will deliver lunchtime readings at the Alma Jordan Library, St. Augustine campus. The entire week of festivities will end with a tribute to Prof. Funso Aiyejina, professor, Literatures in English and African and Asian Studies and former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education. 

Dr. Karen Lord is the multiple award-winning and nominee speculative fiction author of Redemption in Indigo (2010) and the critically-acclaimed, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2013). Both novels won the Frank Collymore Literary Award in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Lord has also written a number of short fiction and non-fiction works, and produced academic publications specialising in the sociology of religion. She has been previously a guest author at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in 2012 and will also be a featured speaker in 2015. Dr. Lord was also a guest-of-honour at Acon, Finland (2014.) Born in Barbados, she attained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, Canada, and her PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at Bangor University, in the United Kingdom. Since 1992 Lord has worked with various academic institutions, including The University of the West Indies, as a tutor. In January 2015, Lord published her third novel, The Galaxy Game, with Del Ray Books/Random House.

The lunchtime readings run from noon to 1.30pm, April 13-16, while the gala begins at 7pm at the Centre for Language Learning Auditorium on April 17. Interested persons should contact Garvin Parsons at 344-4895 or via email to or Adel Bain at 662-2002 extension 84232,


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)