Love for an Island

Phyllis Shand Allfrey
ISBN: 9780957118751
2014, Paperback, £8.99

The publication of Love for an Island: the Collected Poems of Phyllis Shand Allfrey was celebrated by a launch at the Dominica High Commission in London on 12 May and a one-day symposium at the University of Warwick.
Allfrey’s biographer, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, writes in her illuminating introduction that with the renewed academic interest in Allfrey’s work and the publication of this collection, Allfrey’s time has come.
The volume includes all the poems published in Allfrey’s lifetime, some unpublished poems and a sample of her satirical poems written when she was editor and publisher of The Star newspaper in Dominica.
Love for an Island has already been acclaimed:

This is an important book for anyone wanting to engage with mid-20th century West Indian literary history. Allfrey’s poems tell us so much about her cultural worlds, and thrillingly, the collection includes real gems that truly enrich our sense of the treasury of Caribbean poetry.

— Stewart Brown, editor, The Oxford Book of Contemporary Poetry