We will be publishing Love for an Island, the poems of Phyllis Shand Allfrey in 2014. This wonderful collection, closely linked to Allfrey’s personal circumstances of place (tropical and temperate) and politics, is illuminated by an insightful introduction by her biographer Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert.
The poems in Love for an Island span the decades from the 1930s when Allfrey first spent time in England, up to the 1960s when she was editor of The Star newspaper in Dominica’s capital, Roseau, and published her own satirical verse in a weekly column under the name Rose O.
Poet, politician and novelist, Phyllis Allfrey was a white Dominican who defied her class and colour to become the co-founder of the Dominica Labour Party, the island’s first political party. She later became a minister in the short-lived Federation of the West Indies (1959-62). Her only novel, The Orchid House, was published in 1954. Her collection of short stories, It Falls Into Place, was published by Papillote Press in 2004.