Olive Senior UK Tour

Olive Senior c. Caroline Forbes

Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of fifteen books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s literature. Making a rare visit to the UK, she is taking part in events across the country 2 – 15 October

Dying to Better Themselves coverShe won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Summer Lightning and was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry Over the Roofs of the World. Her novel Dancing Lessons was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, was a Globe Best Book and was long listed for the IMPAC Dublin International Prize. Olive conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. She resides in Toronto, but returns frequently to her homeland of Jamaica, which remains central to her work.

Back in the UK for a rare visit, Jamaican writer Olive will be taking part in events and readings to highlight her new collection of stories The Pain Tree, marking her return to short fiction. She will also be promoting her award-winning work of non-fiction, Dying to Better Themselves, which explodes the myth that the first major migration from the Caribbean was to the UK in the Windrush era; instead a huge number travelled to Panama to build the railway and canal there, starting only one generation after the end of slavery.


Tour events (click each event for full details):

Friday 2 October:             To Better Ourselves: Hidden Stories of Migration, British Library, London

Saturday 3 October:       Translation in the Margins, keynote address at Free Word Centre, London

Thursday 8 October:      Breaking Ground in Manchester, Moss Side Powerhouse Library; with Colin Grant

Friday 9 October:             Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley

Saturday 10 October:     Poetry Workshop with Peepal Tree Press, Leeds

Sunday 11 October:         Community talk, Leeds

Monday 12 October:       University of York

Wednesday 14 October: Breaking Ground in Bristol, The Station; with Jay Bernard and Nick Makoha

Thursday 15 October:     Community talk, Bristol