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David Dabydeen was born in Guyana in 1956 and emigrated to England at the age of 12. He read English at Cambridge University, did his Ph.D. at London University, and was appointed to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Oxford University in 1983. He is presently Professor of Literature at the University of Warwick as well as the Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies there. He was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for his first book of poems, Slave Song, in 1984, and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for his book, Coolie Odyssey.
His first novel, The Intended, was runner-up for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. David Dabydeen has written many academic books, such as Black Writers in Britain 1760 – 1890, Caribbean poetry: the literary and oral traditions, amongst others, and is a leading spokesman for the black and Asian communities of Britain. His work is always widely and favourably reviewed. He is presently working on his fifth novel, The Green Tempest.