Olive Senior

Standard Name: Senior, Olive
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.
Simpson, Hyacinth. “Olive Senior’s Gardening in the Tropics”. Ryerson University.
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.
Simpson, Hyacinth. “Olive Senior’s Gardening in the Tropics”. Ryerson University.
Her first collection of short stories, Summer Lightning, won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in 1987.


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Intertextuality and Influence Marina Warner
Caribbean poets including Aimé Césaire , Derek Walcott , Wilson Harris , Kenneth Kamau Braithwaite , Olive Senior , David Dabydeen , and Jamaica Kincaid provided linguistic inspiration, as did the novelist Lamming. Warner notes...
Textual Production Andrea Levy
Texts that she mentions using for research include Mary Prince 's autobiography, Lady Nugent 's journal, Matthew Lewis 's Journal of a Residence among the Negroes in the West Indies, Mary Seacole 's Wonderful...


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Senior, Olive. Anna Carries Water. Tradewind Books, 2013.
Senior, Olive. Arrival of the Snake Woman. Longman, 1989.
Senior, Olive. Birthday Suit. Annick Press, 2012.
Senior, Olive. Dancing Lessons. Cormorant Books, 2011.
Senior, Olive. Discerner of Hearts. McClelland and Stewart Inc., 1995.
Senior, Olive. Dying to Better Themselves. The University of the West Indies Press, 2014.
Senior, Olive. Gardening in the Tropics: Poems. McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1994.
Senior, Olive. Olive Senior Writer. http://www.olivesenior.com/index.html.
Senior, Olive. Over the Roofs of the World. Insomniac Press, 2005.
Senior, Olive. Shell. Insomniac Press, 2007.
Senior, Olive. Summer Lightning and Other Stories. Longman Group UK Ltd., 1986.
Senior, Olive. Talking of Trees. Calabash, 1985.
Senior, Olive. The Pain Tree. Cormorant Books Inc., 2015.