Fred D'Aguiar is a writer in the widest definition of the term: he is a poet, a novelist, a playwright, and an essayist. He has published seven poetry books, six novels, a play published by Methuen and individual essays scattered in publications such as Harper's, Wasafiri and Writers on Writing. He wrote the film script of his first novel, The Longest Memory, for Channel 4 television and two short poem-documentaries for the BBC.
Born to Guyanese parents in London in 1960, Fred D'Aguiar spent ten years in Guyana as a child before returning to London in 1972. He trained as a psychiatric nurse and attended the University of Kent at Canterbury. His awards include the Whitbread 1st novel award and the David Higham award.
He was Gloria D. Smith Professor of English at Virginia Tech where he teaches. His book of poetry, Continental Shelf (Carcanet, 2009), was a Poetry Book Society Summer Choice for 2009. Latest publications include, a poetry collection titled, The Rose of Toulouse (Carcanet, June, 2013) and a novel, Children of Paradise (HarperCollins Jan2014).