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Caryl Phillips

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Caryl Philips (1958) was born in St. Kitts (British West Indies) and grew up in Leeds. He studied English Literature at Oxford University. He currently lives in New York and London. He has written fiction and non-fiction, including many dramas and documentaries for radio and television. Philips' work has repeatedly been nominated for the Booker Prize. A Distant Shore was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2004. His novel Dancing in the Dark (2005), about the tragic life of Bert Williams, the first black entertainer to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune, won the PEN/Beyond Margins Award in 2006. Caryl Philips participated in the International Passa Porta Festival from 19 to 22 April 2007. In ‘Writing Billie', he took part in an animated discussion about the jazz legend Billie Holiday together with five other authors. He was also involved in a vigorous debate with the Flemish writers Tom Lanoye, Geert Buelens and Rachida Lamrabet about the challenges imposed by the Flemish multicultural society and the role of foreign writers regarding this issue.

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