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Jason Allen-Paisant

Jason Allen-Paisant



His debut poetry collection Thinking with Trees (Carcanet) won the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Poetry, and was a 2021 Irish Times Poetry Book of the Year. His work has been anthologised and featured in Granta, The Guardian, The Poetry Review, Callaloo, New Poetries VIII, PN Review and the BBC.  His second collection is Self-Portrait as Othello (Carcanet Press, 2023) and his creative non-fiction book Scanning the Bush will appear in 2024 (Hutchinson Heinemann). He was born in Jamaica and his Doctorate is in Mediaeval and Modern Languages (Oxon) and he is Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory and Creative Writing in the Department of English, American Studies, and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

Years Attended

2022 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2022 Bocas UK Tour, 2023 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2023 Featured Speaker
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