In partnership with the University of Edinburgh and part of the Visiting Writer Series curated by Writer-in-Residence Sam Riviere.
Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian British writer whose most recent collection, Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016), won the Forward Prize for Best Collection this year.
The Chair of the Forward jury, Malika Booker, said: "Vahni Capildeo’s Measure of Expatriation is a work that amazes. We found a vertiginous excitement in the way in which the book grasps its subject: the sense of never quite being at home. This is poetry that transforms."
Caplideo is the author of four other books of poetry and two pamphlets, including Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015) and Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013). She holds a DPhil in Old Norse and is interested in multilingualism, creative reworkings, and the boundaries between the human and the natural. Her collaborative work on performance and installation includes responses to Euripides' Bacchae, 'Radical Shakespeare', and Martin Carter's revolutionary writings from Guyana. The Harper-Wood Studentship (St John's College, Cambridge) supported her travel for research during 2015-16.
Reviewing Measures of Expatriation in the Guardian, Sandeep Parmar wrote:
"The poet rightly mocks the assumptions and procedures of an unflinching national culture...A major poetic voice, Capildeo’s integrity and intelligence put her several steps ahead of publishers, academics and critics who might foolishly marginalise her work in Britain."