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New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

Discover some of the best in speculative short fiction from the Caribbean's up and coming voices. Edited by writer Karen Lord, New Worlds, Old Ways encompasses science fiction, fantasy and more. It is the third publication of Peekash Press, an imprint of Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press committed to supporting the emergence of new Caribbean writing, and as part of CaribLit project.


Karen Lord, Tammi Browne-Bannister, Summer Edward, Portia Subran, Brandon O'Brien, Kevin Jared Hosein, Richard B Lynch, Elizabeth J Jones, Damion Wilson, Brian Franklin, Ararimeh Aiyejina, H. K. Williams
Anthologies, Fiction, Short Stories
Pan Caribbean
Date published
25 Jul 2016

Read the starred review in Publisher's Weekly.

Do not be misled by the ‘speculative’ in the title. Although there may be robots and fantastical creatures, these common symbols are tools to frame the familiar from fresh perspectives.Here you will find the recent past and ongoing present of government and society with curfews, crime and corruption; the universal themes of family with parents and children, growth and death, love and hate; the struggle to thrive when power is capricious and revenge too bittersweet. Here too is the passage of everything – old ways, places, peoples, and ourselves – leaving nothing behind but memories, histories, stories.

This anthology speaks to the fragility of our Caribbean home, but reminds the reader that although home may be vulnerable, it is also beautifully resilient. The voice of our literature declares that in spite of disasters, this people and this place shall not be wholly destroyed.

Read for delight, then read for depth, and you will not be disappointed.

Edited by Karen Lord, with stories by Tammi-Browne Bannister, Summer Edward, Portia Subran, Brandon O’Brien, Kevin Jared Hosein, Richard B. Lynch, Elizabeth J. Jones, Damion Wilson, Brian Franklin, Ararimeh Aiyejina and H.K. Williams.

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Karen Lord

Karen Lord, a Barbadian author and research consultant, is known for her debut novel Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was longlisted for the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds won the 2009 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel, and was a finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards. Its sequel, The Galaxy Game, was published in January 2015.

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H. K. Williams

H. K. Williams is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014 she was mentored by Earl Lovelace as an apprentice of the Mentoring with the Masters Programme, which was facilitated by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. After successfully completing the programme she was invited by Monique Roffey to join her writers’ lab in Belmont, where she is currently working on producing a collection of short stories. Her work was featured in Voicing our Vision, a short-story anthology published by the Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago in 2013.

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Ararimeh Aiyejina

Ararimeh Aiyejina is a Nigerian-born citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, who graduated with a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2009, and who is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree at the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies. While an undergraduate at Princeton, he enrolled in creative writing courses and was awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Award in Creative Writing in 2007.

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Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin is a Barbadian systems developer in the financial industry. He has been writing creatively since he learned how to hold a pencil. He is an avid cricket fan and lover of videogames. He maintains a website where he shares free and experimental stories, media reviews, and rants, at Antisungrey.com. His works draw inspiration from the societies, history and mythologies of the Caribbean region. He is a graduate of the 2014 Callaloo Barbados Creative Writing Workshop. His speculative fiction novel, Iridium, was shortlisted for the 2012 Frank Collymore Literary Award.

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Damion Wilson

Damion Wilson is a software developer, martial artist, and former bicycle racer living and working in sunny (mostly) Bermuda. Now accompanied by a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters, he writes using themes gleaned from the world of technology, from experiences teased from the lives of those who've touched him, and from his own life.

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Elizabeth J Jones

Born in 1950, Elizabeth J. Jones moved to Bermuda from the UK in 1973 and became a freelance writer, editor and tutor after teaching English at a high school and at the Bermuda College. She has written numerous articles for magazines, newspapers and guide books about all aspects of Bermuda, including its wildlife, history, culture and people. Her commissioned published books include Bermuda Recollections, an anthology of oral history; Bermuda’s Famous Talbot Brothers, a biography of a Bermudian calypso band; Bermuda Post Office Bicentennial 1812-2012, a history; and Fair Play, a biography of Bermudian former senator and FIFA referee, Charlie Marshall. Her short story “Breathing Space” was included in I Wish I Could Tell You: Bermuda Anthology of Children’s Literature and Young Adult Stories edited by Lynn Joseph and a short memoir, “Pink” in Take This Journey With Me: Bermuda Anthology of Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction edited by Rachel Manley.

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Richard B Lynch

Richard B. Lynch writes in many genres, ranging from poetry to screenwriting. He works in the video and film field in his country of birth, Barbados, where he has won awards for his direction and conceptualization of music videos, and lends a hand where he can in many aspects of filmmaking. A version of this story first appeared in POUi: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, published by the University of the West Indies.

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Brandon O'Brien

Brandon O'Brien is a performance poet and writer from Trinidad. He has been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing and the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions. He has also represented his country as a member of Trinidad and Tobago's first Brave New Voices slam team in 2008. He performs regularly with the 2 Cents Movement, is a performer and facilitator with the.art.IS Performing Arts Company, and is a recording performer on the Free Speech Project radio programme on several local radio stations across the island.

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Portia Subran

Portia Subran is an artist and writer of Trinidad and Tobago. Subran finds inspiration from her life experiences, as well as the tales of her parents. Her artwork has been featured in Arc Magazine, and has been shown at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago end of year exhibitions. In 2013, she was announced the winner of the Potbake Productions 2011-2013 Caribbean Short Story Competition with her work, “Unclipped Wings.” This work was later published in the Caribbean short story collection Jewels of the Caribbean.

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Summer Edward

Summer Edward was born and raised in Trinidad. Her work has been published in a number of periodicals including The Missing Slate, Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, sx salon, The Columbia Review, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora and others. She was shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was one of the "Who's Next?" emerging writers at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. She lived in the United States for a decade and now divides her time between Philadelphia and Trinidad.

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Tammi Browne-Bannister

Tammi Browne-Bannister is a Cropper Foundation Caribbean Writers’ Workshop 2014 fellow. In 2016 she was awarded The Caribbean Writers Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize for an emerging Caribbean fiction writer and nominated for The Caribbean Writers Canute A. Brodhurst Prize.

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Kevin Jared Hosein

Kevin Jared Hosein's novel, the Repenters has just been nominated for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly IMPAC Dublin)

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