Mark McWatt was born in Guyana in 1947. He took his first degree at the University of Toronto, then went to Leeds University to complete a Ph.D.

He has published two collections of poetry, Interiors and The Language of Eldorado which won the Guyana Prize. He has also published widely in journals on aspects of Caribbean literature and is joint editor of the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse.

His latest book Suspended Sentences is a collection of stories each told though the eyes of one of a group of Guyanese sixth-formers who in 1966, after an act of vandalism, are ‘sentenced’ to write a short story that reflects their newly independent country. Suspended Sentences won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and was published last year by Peepal Tree Press.

Mark is currently Head of the English Department at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados.

His story ‘A Love Song For Miss Lillian’ features in Light Transports.