Vahni Capildeo

Winner of the 2016 Forward Prize

Vahni Capildeo

Winner of the 2016 Forward Prize

Biography

Vahni Capildeo is a British-Trinidadian writer, daughter of Leila Capildeo, with whom she co-writes short fiction and non-fiction for outlets such as Moving Worlds and Womanspeak, and the late poet Devendranath Capildeo. Her published books are No Traveller Returns (2003), Person Animal Figure (2005), Undraining Sea (2009) (shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award), All Your Houses (2010) (a limited-edition artist’s book with photometry by Andre Bagoo), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (2012) (longlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize), Utter (2013), Simple Complex Shapes (2015), and Measures of Expatriation (2016) (winner of the Forward Best Collection Prize). She read English at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently became a Rhodes Scholar there, completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, which overlapped with her Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, is a contributing editor for the Caribbean Review of Books, and a contributing advisor to Blackbox Manifold. Her performance and installation work, begun during her Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship (2014), includes responses to Euripides’ Bacchae, ‘Radical Shakespeare’, and the revolutionary Guyanese writer Martin Carter. She is actively seeking new collaborators and further training in movement, sound, and traditional masquerade. The Harper-Wood Studentship (St John’s College, Cambridge) supported her travel for research during 2015-16.

All session by Vahni Capildeo

One-on-one with Vahni Capildeo

14:00 - 15:00
Old Fire Station

The return of Victor Questel

16:00 - 19:00
Old Fire Station

Remembering the Merikins: River of Freedom

18:00 - 19:00
Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street

Shakespeare and me

10:00 - 11:00
Old Fire Station

Tongueless whispering 1: a poetry masterclass

10:30 - 12:30
1st Floor Seminar Room

Tongueless whispering 2: a poetry masterclass

10:30 - 12:30
1st Floor Seminar Room

Making your case, with Baz Dreisinger

13:30 - 16:00
1st Floor Seminar Room

Poetry Forward: celebrating the vitality of contemporary Caribbean poetry

19:00 - 21:30
Kaiso Blues Café, 85 Woodford Street

The books that made me

10:00 - 11:00
Old Fire Station