Poet, novelist, and playwright Fred D’Aguiar will be featured as the 2015 Thompson Visiting Poet

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D’Aguiar’s dozen books of poetry and fiction have been translated into an array of languages to be shared and enjoyed throughout the world. 

Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet

    • WhoFred D’Aguiar​, award-winning poet, novelist and playwright, and the Gloria D. Smith professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech

    • When: Wednesday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Event Type: Open to the public. Admission is free.

D’Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents, and lived in Guyana until he was 12 years-old. He returned to England in 1972 and now lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.
D’Aguiar’s first collection of poetry, Mama Dot (1985), was published to wide acclaim and established his reputation as one of the finest British poets of his generation. It also won the Guyana Poetry Prize in 1989 alongside the collection of Airy Hall (1989). This collection was followed by British Subjects (1993); Bill of Rights (1998), a long narrative poem about the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1979, and in 2009, his collection Continental Shelf (2009), a U.K. Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His most recent poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse (2012).

D’Aguiar’s first novel, The Longest Memory (1994), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was made into a film by Channel 4 (UK). D’Aguiar’s portfolio of novels also include Dear Future (1996), set on a fictional Caribbean island; Feeding the Ghosts (1997), based on the true story of a slave who survived being thrown overboard with 132 other men, women and children from a slave ship in the Atlantic; BethanyBettany (1993); Bloodlines (2000); and Children of Paradise (2014), in which he returns to Jonestown. 

D’Aguiar’s essays have appeared in Harper’s, Wasafiri, Callalooand Best American Essays, in addition to others, and his play, A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death, was produced at Royal Court Theatre in 1991. His BBC-commissioned radio play, Days and Nights in Bedlam, was also broadcast in 2005.

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