James Christopher Aboud is a poet and a lawyer. His book “Lagahoo Poems” (Peepal Tree Press) was awarded the inaugural James Rodway Poetry Prize, offered by Derek Walcott’s Rat Island Foundation in 2004. He has also published “The Stone Rose” (Paria Publishers) and been included in various regional and international literary journals and anthologies. He studied English literature at the University of Western Ontario in pursuit of a doctorate, but switched to law, studying at UWI, Barbados, and then in England, where he qualified as a Barrister-at-Law. In 2010 Mr Aboud gave up private practice and accepted an appointment as a Judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago, sitting in the civil law courts. He has always lived in Trinidad and Tobago, sharing time between law and poetry. He has described both pursuits as vocations that have the identical goal of fearlessly discovering the truth.