[Caribbean Literature]

Lakshmi Persaud: A Brief Biography

B. Persaud

Lakshmi Persaud was born in Tunapuna, Trinidad.

She did her BA (Hons) and her Ph.D. at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and her Post graduate Diploma in Education at Reading University, UK.

Dr Persaud taught at the finest grammar schools in the West Indies --- Queen's College in Guyana, Harrison college in Barbados and St. Augustine Girl's High School in Trinidad.

She read and simultaneously recorded text books in philosophy, economics and literature for post graduate and undergraduate students of the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London.

Though Lakshmi Persaud wrote articles on socio-economic concerns for newspapers and magazines for many years, it was when the youngest of her three children left home for University that she began a new career --writing fiction. The only short story she wrote, "See Saw Margery door," was broadcast by the BBC World service.

Her first novel Butterfly in the Wind was published by Peepal Tree Press in 1990. It was reprinted in 1996. It is now on its third impression. Sastra was published in 1993. Her novels received excellent reviews in the UK as well as in the Caribbean and other countries. For the Love of my Name, her third novel, was launched in December 1999, and public demand has meant it has had to be reprinted.

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Last modified 1 January 2003