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selected articles


  • 'From Northern Lights', Remember Oluwale, (UK: Valley Press, 2016) pp. 31-32.
  • 'Chinua Achebe: It is the storyteller who makes us see what we are', The Massachusetts Review, Spring 2016, pp.60-65.
  • 2015

    • 'Caryl Phillips: Reading my way back to the past, and the moors', The Guardian, September 8, 2015.
    • 'Finding The Lost Child', Work in Progress: The Latest From the Front Lines of Literature, Presented by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, May 2015.
    • 'A Life in Ten Chapters', The Excellent Decade, (Trinidad and Tobago: Paria Publishing, 2015) pp. 143-145.
    • 'What is Africa to Me Now?', Research in African Literatures, Volume 46, Number 4, Winter 2015, pp. 10-14.
    • 2014

      • 'Derek Walcott: The Journeyman Years, Occasional Prose 1957-1974, Volumes 1 and 2, Edited by Gordon Collier', Wasafiri, Fall 2014.
      • 'Revisiting The European Tribe', Wasafiri, Volume 79, Fall 2014, pp. 4-7. Also published in The Cross-Cultural Legacy: Critical and Creative Writings in Memory of Hena Maes-Jelinek, ed. Gordon Collier, Geoffrey V. Davis, Marc Delrez, and Benedicte Ledent (2017), pp. 121-129.
      • 'John Edgar Wideman', interview conducted by Caryl Phillips, BOMB: The Author Interviews, ed. Betsy Sussler. (Soho Press, November 2014) pp. 439-450. [Originally published in Bomb Magazine, 49 (Fall 1994), pp. 34-37].
      • 'Arrivals in the Slipstream', review of J. Dillon Brown's Migrant Modernism: Postwar London and the West Indian Novel, Times Literary Supplement, No. 5822, 31 October 2014 pp. 11-12.
      • '75 at 75: Caryl Phillips on Derek Walcott', 92nd Street Y's 'Poetry Center Online: Celebrating 75 Years of the Unterberg Poetry Center', April 2014.


      • 'A Bend in the River', A London Address: The Artangel Essays, (Granta, 2013) pp.35-45.
      • 'South Africa: Life With Father', Review of Zakes Mda's Sometimes There is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider, The New York Review of Books, Volume 60, Number 1, 10 January 2013.
      • 2012

        • 'Colour Me English', Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life, ed. Benedicte Ledent and Daria Tunca. (Rodopi, 2012) pp. 11-22.
        • 'A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on slave forts and manillas as African Atlantic sites of memory.' Interview with Alan Rice, Atlantic Studies, Volume 9, Number 3, September 2012, pp. 363-372.
        • 'James Baldwin 1924-1987', National Theatre Programme (UK, 2012).
        • 'Who are you calling a foreigner?' Caryl Phillips in Conversation with John McLeod. New Perspectives on the Black Atlantic: Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues, ed. Benedicte Ledent and Pilar Cuder-Dominguez (Peter Lang 2012), pp. 275-294.
        • 2011

          • 'A Venizia, nel Ghetto' (from The European Tribe, 1987), Lo Straniero, Anno XV, Number 137, November 2011, pp.82-84.
          • 'High Strung by Stephen Tigor - review', The Guardian, September 9, 2011.
          • 'The Books Interview', New Statesman, 22 August 2011, p. 47.
          • 'Book Of A Lifetime: Native Son, By Richard Wright', The Independent, August 5, 2011.
          • 'Beyond a Boundary', New Statesman, May 23, 2011.


          • 'Once upon a life: Caryl Phillips', The Observer, October 17, 2010.
          • Freelance, TLS, April 23, 2010 p. 16.
          • Freelance, TLS, March 26, 2010 p. 14.
          • 'David Oluwale (1930-1969)', African Presence in Europe and Beyond, ed. Kathleen Gyssels and Benedicte Ledent, (L'Harmattan, 2010), pp. 93-108.


          • 'The Explorer' (American Writings by Lafcadio Hearn), The New Republic, December 2, 2009 pp.47-51.
          • Books of the Year, TLS, November 27, 2009, p. 14.
          • 'Wright and Wronged', Golf Magazine, September 2009, pp. 118-124.
          • Introduction to The Final Martyrs by Shusaku Endo (New Directions, 2009) pp.vii-xi.
          • 'The City by the Water' in Wandering Abroad by Corinne Silva, Leeds Museum and Galleries, 2009, pp. 41-44. Also published in Moving Worlds, Volume 10 Supplement (2010), pp. 4-8.


          • 'Exile on Main Street' (The Writer as Migrant by Ha Jin), The New Republic, December 24, 2008 pp.40-43: Also published in The Australian, January 10, 2009.
          • 'Interview with Kevin Rabalais', Glimmer Train, Issue 65, Winter 2008 pp.140-151.
          • 'Mio Padre e Otello', Lo Straniero, Vol xii, No.96, 2008, pp. 88-93. Also published as 'Rude am I in my speech', in Salmagundi, Fall 2010-Winter 2011, pp. 10-15; in The Best American Essays of 2011, ed. Edwidge Danticat and Robert Atwan, (Houghton Mifflin, 2011), pp. 141-146; in Experiences of Freedom of Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, ed. Annalisa Oboe and Shaul Bassi, (Routledge, 2011), pp.187-191; and in Salmagundi, 50th Anniversary: Volume 3 - The Non-Fiction Issue, Fall 2015-Winter 2016, Number 188-189, pp. 11-16.
          • 'This Sporting Life' by David Storey, The Guardian Review, August 2, 2008 p.3.
          • 'Travel: The Caribbean', The Guardian Review, June 14, 2008 p.3.
          • 'Interview with Caryl Phillips' by Susan Yearwood, Sable, Spring/Summer 2008, pp.12-19.
          • 'American Stories, American Silence', Literary Encounters of Fundamentalism: A Casebook ed. Klaus Stierstorfer and Annette Kern-Stahler (Universitatsverlag, Winter, Heidelberg, 2008) pp.13-21.
          • Introduction to Banjo by Claude McKay (Serpent's Tail, 2008) pp. ix-xvi.
          • 'Freedom', Introduction to Creative Freedom: The F Words Anthology, (Peepal Tree Press, 2008) pp.8-9.


          • 'Writers' Rooms', The Guardian Review, November 3, 2007 p.3.
          • 'Not Afraid of Ambiguity; Caryl Phillips in interview with Axel Stahler', Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, 18.2, September (Universitatsverlag, Winter Heidelberg 2007) pp.197-203.
          • 'Where Time Stands Still', The Guardian, September 22, 2007.
          • 'Blood at the Root', The Guardian, August 18, 2007 pp.10-11.
          • 'The Price of the Ticket', The Guardian, July 14, 2007 pp.4-6.
          • 'Foreword', to Harlem on My Mind: I Was, I Am by Charif Benhelima, (Antwerp, 2007).
          • 'Chorus Boy', Dance Gazette, Issue 3, 2007 p.15.
          • 'A Familial Conversation', Moving Worlds, 7.1 (2007), pp. 3-8.


          • Review of Murder in Amsterdam, by Ian Buruma, TLS, 15 December 2006, p. 31.
          • 'The Fifteenth Hole,' Golf World, 1 September 2006, pp. 75-79.
          • 'Ghana', The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, ed. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey (2006) pp.148-152. Also published in Prospect, June 2006, pp.25-26.
          • 'Border Crossings' Displacement, Asylum, Migration: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2004, ed. Kate E. Tunstall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 210-225.
          • 'I Could Have Been a Playwright', in Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian Theatre Practice, ed. Geoffrey V. Davis and Anne Fuchs (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2006), pp. 37-46.
          • 'Finding Oneself at Home', The Guardian, January 21, 2006.


          • 'TLS Books of the Year', TLS, December 2, 2005, p. 10.
          • 'Northern Soul', The Guardian, October 22, 2005. Also published in A Lasting Moment: Marc Riboud Photographs - Leeds 1954 and 2004, ed. Anna Douglas and Janet Douglas. Leeds City Council, 2009, pp. 81-88.
          • 'Growing Pains', The Guardian, August 20, 2005. Also published in Review 74: Literature and Arts of the Americas, 40,1, May 2007 pp.128-132. Also published in PEN America, Issue 8: Making Histories, 2008 pp. 200-204. Also published in Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, ed. Elizabeth Benedict. Free Press, 2009 pp. 256-260.
          • 'The Power of Love', The Guardian, 30 July 2005.
          • 'To Ricky with Love', The Guardian, July 23, 2005, pp. 28-29. Also the introduction to the new edition of E.R. Braithwaite, To Sir With Love (London: Vintage Classics, 2005), pp. v-x.
          • 'The Height of Obsession', The Guardian, May 21, 2005, Review, pp. 1-4. Also published in French as "L'obsession des hauteurs," Courrier international, no. 768, July 21, 2005.
          • 'Do you come here often?' (on Lucas Radebe), The Observer, May 8, 2005.
          • 'Lost Generation', The Guardian, April 23, 2005.
          • 'Constance Webb: Wife of Writer CLR James', obituary, The Guardian, April 15, 2005.
          • 'Foreword', Kokujin No. 74, Japan Black Studies Association 50th anniversary, March 2005.
          • 'Foreword', Book of Voices (in support of Sierra Leone PEN), ed. by Michael Butscher (Birmingham: Flame Books, 2005), pp. 1-2.
          • 'Our Modern World', followed by an extract from A Distant Shore, in Revisiting Slave Narratives/Les avatars contemporains des récits d'esclaves, texts collected by/textes réunis par Judith Misrahi-Barak (Montpellier: Les Carnets du Cerpac, no. 2, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, 2005), pp. 519-525.


          • 'Necessary Journeys', The Guardian, December 11, 2004: Also published in Necessary Journeys, ed. Melanie Keen and Eileen Daly (London: Arts Council England and BFI Black World, 2005) pp.7-15: Also published in Wasafiri, Issue 48, Summer 2006 pp.3-6.
          • '"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free": Identiteit and etniciteit na de aanslagen van 9/11,' in Rechtvaardige oorlogen of zinloze slachtpartijen?: Opstellen over literatuur en oorlog, ed. Kathleen Gyssels and Elisabeth Bekers (Leuven: Acco, 2004), pp. 169-178. Also published in The Caribbean Writer as Warrior of the Imaginar