Thicker Than Water: New writing from the Caribbean


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Difficult parents and lost children, unfaithful spouses and spectral lovers, mysterious ancestors and fierce bloodlines — the stories, poems, and memoirs in this new anthology tackle everything that’s most complicated and thrilling about family and history in the Caribbean. Collecting new writing by finalists for the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, a groundbreaking award administered by the Bocas Lit Fest, Thicker Than Water shows us how a new generation of Caribbean authors address perennial questions of love, betrayal, and memory in small places where personal and collective histories are often troublingly intertwined.


  • Featuring fiction, memoir, and poems from Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize finalists.
  • Features the best of a new generation of Caribbean writers from seven countries.
  • Celebrates the unique legacy of the only award for emerging Caribbean authors with truly regional scope, and includes new work by Hollick Arvon Prizewinners Barbara Jenkins (fiction, 2013), Diana McCaulay (creative non-fiction, 2014), and Danielle Boodoo- Fortuné (poetry, 2015).
  • Contributors include winners and shortlistees of other awards such as the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for Best First Collection, CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, and the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award.
  • Covers timely themes of family dynamics, ancestry, and social change.
  • Edited by Funso Aiyejina.

Featuring new writing by:

Lisa Allen-Agostini • Trinidad and Tobago
Nicolette Bethel • The Bahamas
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné • Trinidad and Tobago
Vashti Bowlah • Trinidad and Tobago
Richard Georges • British Virgin Islands
Zahra Gordon • Trinidad and Tobago
Barbara Jenkins • Trinidad and Tobago
Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming • Trinidad and Tobago/The Bahamas
Ira Mathur • Trinidad and Tobago
Diana McCaulay • Jamaica
Sharon Millar • Trinidad and Tobago
Monica Minott • Jamaica
Philip Nanton • St Vincent and the Grenadines
Xavier Navarro Aquino • Puerto Rico
Shivanee Ramlochan • Trinidad and Tobago
Judy Raymond • Trinidad and Tobago
Hazel Simmons-McDonald • St Lucia
Lynn Sweeting • The Bahamas
Peta-Gaye V. Williams • Jamaica

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Supported By

The Hollick Family Charitable Trust


Funso Aiyejina



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