George Lamming was born in Barbados, the West Indies, in 1927. He was educated at Combermere, secondary school, under the tutelage of a great English master, Frank Collymore. Upon his graduation from high school, Lamming immigrated to Trinidad where he taught school. He later went to England where he spent a considerable part of his adult life.
Lamming has written six novels and one book of essays: In the Castle of my Skin (1953), The Emigrants (1954), Of Age and Innocence (1958), Season of Adventure (1960), The Pleasures of Exile (essays, 1960), Water with Berries (1971) and Natives of my Person (1972).
Prior to taping this interview, I spoke with Mr. Lamming about his current plans. He informed me that he lives in Barbados for six months of the year and spends the other six months lecturing in the United States of America and regionally in the Caribbean. He told me that he is presently working on some essays and fiction, a long work.
I discussed the creative activities in the region and he indicated that poetry writing is very strong, especially in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Jamaica. He noted that most of the good poetry and a lot of the literary criticism are being done by women.
On the question of readership, he lamented that because of its small size and the fact that few publishing houses exist, works of literature are still very much dependent on foreign publication and distribution.
Goddard: I am speaking to George Lamming, one of the foremost and most outstanding writers from the Caribbean. Mr. Lamming, welcome to Montreal.
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