Our project aims

  • to create a fuller literary history of the period 1940-1980
  • to recover stories of forgotten writers and writings
  • to help writers to become more aware of what to save of today’s manuscripts and papers for tomorrow’s researchers
  • to develop case studies of writers, especially those writing from the region, that seek to understand the opportunities and challenges for their creative and collecting practices
  • to bring together academics, archivists and writers from the UK, Caribbean and beyond to discuss the changing nature of Caribbean literary archives across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • to create an open access resource that maps where Caribbean writers’ papers can be found
  • to enrich open access knowledge sources, such a Wikipedia, with entries on Caribbean writers, their papers, and literary archives in the region
  • to work with and take guidance from senior figures in the region as our advisors (Prof Ken Ramchand, Ms Lorraine Nero, and Prof Evelyn O’Callaghan)



We are interested in engaging the public, as well as researchers, writers and archivists who may be willing to add to the existing accounts of Caribbean literary history. This project aims to deepen the awareness of Caribbean literary heritage and promote its future by connecting creative practitioners, interested publics and cultural organisations, as well as writers and academics. Meeting our aims depends on working closely with a range of project partners and collaborators, including:

Academics, archivists and librarians at The University of the West Indies, and other institutions

NGC Bocas Lit Fest

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies, Mona

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill

Diasporic Literary Archives

British Archive of Contemporary Writing

We are open to, and welcome, discussion and collaborations with those writers, academics and cultural practitioners interested in the project. We believe that collectively, these organized efforts will enact a shift in the possibilities for present and future research.