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Olive Senior is one of the most widely read Caribbean writers. Some of her books are required reading in Caribbean primary schools and in several international high schools and universities. Bibliographic Citation link. She has published across genres—non-fiction, short stories, a novel, several volumes of poetry, and children's fiction. Her works have appeared in many anthologies globally and have been translated into several languages including Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Russian. Bibliographic Citation link. Her first collection of short stories, Summer Lightning, won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in 1987.
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23 December 1941 Olive Senior was born in the parish of Trelawney in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. She was the seventh of ten children born to Edna and Reginald Senior. Bibliographic Citation link.
1985 The first book of poetry by OS, Talking of Trees, was published in Kingston, Jamaica, by Calabash Press. Bibliographic Citation link.
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