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Sam Selvon Collection

Advertisment for Selvon’s book, I Hear Thunder
Samuel Selvon, writer, was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago in 1923. After his secondary education at Naparima College, he worked with the Royal Navy Reserves and as a journalist with the Trinidad Guardian. He migrated to London in 1950 and established himself as a writer. He was a contributor to the BBC programme, Caribbean Voices, and became well known as the exponent of the Black immigrant experience in England. He relocated to Canada in 1978. Despite living in exile, he continued to make use of local dialect in his works. He remains dear to the hearts of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago because of his loyalty to the land of his birth.

The collection consists of manuscripts of Selvon's published works - poems, plays, short stories, articles and non-fiction work.

The material was amassed by the author himself and donated to The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, in 1987.

In 2012 the Memory of the World Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (MOWLAC) inscribed the Sam Selvon Collection on the regional Memory of the World register.