We took part in a live Twitter Q&A with Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo on 24 October. Read the full transcript below.
Vahni Capildeo (born 1973, Trinidad), moved to England in 1991 to read English at Christ Church, Oxford; completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory overlapped with a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.
Her parents Devendranath (a poet) and Leila (who studied French and Philosophy) influenced her writing, which crosses genres, moving from dreamlike to satirical, mixing languages and landscapes: the Caribbean; Yorkshire; Scotland; Iceland; Ireland; India.
Her books include No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003), Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015) and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016). She also writes prose and collaborates on performances.
Find out more about Vahni on her profile page.
Solitary gregarious impossible animal sleeps furiously, writes devouringly, bakes cakes