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Birthplace
Trinidad and Tobago
Residence
Trinidad and Tobago
Identities
Trinidad and Tobago
DOB
Not provided
Gender
Female

Barbara Jenkins

Barbara Jenkins was born in Trinidad. She studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at the University College, Cardiff. She married a fellow student, and they continued to live in Wales through the whole decade of the sixties. In the early seventies they returned to Trinidad.

Since she started writing in 2008, her stories have won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Caribbean Region in 2010 and 2011; the Wasafiri New Writing Prize; The Canute Brodhurst Prize for short fiction, The Caribbean Writer; the Small Axe short story competition, 2011; the Romance Category, My African Diaspora Short Story Contest; and the inaugural The Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) Prize for a film review of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, 2012. In 2013 she was named winner of the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. In 2015, Sic Transit Wagon (Peepal Tree, 2013) was awarded the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award 2014.

She completed her MFA at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad, in 2012. She spends her time reading, writing, singing in a choir, serving on the board of an NGO and visiting her globally-scattered three children and eight grandchildren.

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