Place of birth
United Kingdom
Place of residence
United Kingdom
National identity
United Kingdom

Stewart Brown

Short biography
Born 1951 in Southampton, Stewart Brown studied art and literature at Falmouth School of Art, the University of Sussex and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He spent periods teaching in schools and universities in Jamaica, Nigeria, Wales and Barbados. Since 1988 he has taught in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (formerly Centre of West African Studies) at the University of Birmingham, where he is now Reader in Caribbean Literature and was for some years the Director of the Centre. He has travelled widely through West Africa and the Caribbean in relation to both his research and creative writing, and lectured for the British Council in both regions.

Between 1972-74 he taught in Jamaica where he edited and published the little magazine Now, and wrote a dissertation on the Guyanese poet Martin Carter at Sussex University.
His first collection of poems, Mekin Foolishness was published in Trinidad in 1981. During the 1980s, he taught in Kano, Nigeria, experiences which led to his warmly received collections, Zinder (1986) and Lugard's Bridge (1989). He has lectured at the Centre for West African Studies at the University of Birmingham for the past dozen or so years. He has edited several anthologies of Caribbean writing (including The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry [with Ian McDonald], Voiceprint [with Mervyn Morris and Gordon Rohlehr], Caribbean Poetry Now and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories. He has published many books and essays on aspects of West Indian culture, including editing The Art of Derek Walcott, The Art of Kamau Brathwaite and All are Involved: The Art of Martin Carter, Peepal Tree (2000).

A frequent and much respected visitor to the Caribbean, much liked for his deep but modestly offered knowledge of the region and its literature, and his aimiable good humour, Stewart Brown's poetry never forgets that, however immersed it is in local sympathies, it remains the work of an Englishman abroad, an honesty which ensures that the work is never compromised by sentiment."