poet and novelist, born in London, and brought up as a child in Guyana, educated at the universities of Kent and Warwick. His volumes of poetry include Mama Dot (1985), which explores his early life in Guyana; Airy Hall (1989); British Subjects (1993), an examination of British and cross‐cultural identity; and Bill of Rights (1998), a long poem focusing on the 1978Jonestown massacre in Guyana. Among his novels are The Longest Memory (1994), a lyrical but brutal evocation of Whitechapel, an 18th‐cent. plantation slave in Virginia; Dear Future (1997); Feeding the Ghosts (1997), about the voyage of a slave ship returning from Africa; and Bethany Bettany (2003), about a young girl abandoned by her mother after the death of her father. Bloodlines (2000) is a verse novel about a white man's love for a black slave. His play A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death was staged at the Royal Court in 1995. See Black British Literature; Slavery, Literature of.