LINDA M. DEANE

Linda is a British-Barbadian writer, editor, publisher, creative writing tutor, and storyteller.

She is a graduate of the University of Warwick’s Comparative American Studies programme (B.A. Hons., 1993), and has over 25 years’ experience as a journalist in Barbados and the UK.

In 2006, she won first prize in Barbados’ prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Endowment and received the Prime Minister’s Award for the poetry collection Cutting Road Blues: A Narrative (in press). She is co-editor with Robert Edison Sandiford of Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology (AE Books, 2007), Green Readings, Barbados: The First Five Years (AE Books, 2012), and The ArtsEtc 2011/12 NIFCA Winning Words Anthology.  Linda is also author of Path to a Heritage Strategy for Barbados: An Independent Report for the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO (2003).

       

Her poetry and essays have appeared in ArtsEtcPoui: The Cave Hill Literary Annual, The Caribbean Writer, the Writers Ink anthology Bazaar Vol. One, and Bim: Arts for the 21st Century. Her work is also in the great weather for MEDIA anthology The Understanding Between Foxes and Light (2013), and Give the Ball to the Poet: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry (Commonwealth Education Trust, July 2014). 

Linda is a founding director of The Barbados Copyright Agency (B-COPY), a founder member and a director of the literary group Writers Ink, a coordinator of the  Bim LitFest Children’s Fair, and the coordinator of the literacy outreach programme Read2Me! She is a storyteller and creative writing tutor in schools working closely with children, parents and teachers.

She has represented Barbados in the Literary Arts at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in Ontario (2004) and at CARIFESTA XI in Suriname (2013), and has served as judge and chief judge in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) literary arts competition.