poet, editor, and short‐story writer, born on Montserrat; he came to England in 1956. His volumes of poetry include Human Rites (1984), Lambchops in Papua New Guinea (1985), Towards the End of a Century (1989), A Rough Climate (2002), and Selected Poems (2003). Markham's work frequently returns (though without sentimental nostalgia) to the theme of his Montserrat childhood and his grandmother's house. Among his short‐story collections are Hinterland (1989), Taking the Drawing Room Through Customs: Selected Stories 1970–2000 (2002), and Meet Me in Mozambique (2005); he has also edited the Penguin Book of Caribbean Short Stories (1996). He was Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University (1997–2005).