Country

Jamaïque

General presentation

Leone Ross was born in Coventry, England, in 1969, to a Jamaican mother and Scottish father. She left London with her mother when she was six years old and went to live in Jamaica, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She studied at the University of the West Indies and returned to England in 1991 to take a Master of International Journalism at London’s City University, following which she spent 14 years working as a journalist and editor. Her first job as a journalist was for the London magazine The Voice. She currently teaches Creative Writing in the English capital, but feels herself to be essentially Jamaican, associating her origins with a “real sense of being at home”. She is the author of a number of short stories and essays anthologised in the United States, Canada, England and Eastern Europe, and has also published two novels, with a third scheduled to appear in 2013 under the title The Inevitability of Strooops. Her work tackles themes related to race (such as race relations, racial prejudice, mixed couples, skin colour and racism), sexuality and the effects of childhood... Leone Ross was in Guadeloupe in 2010 at the Festival Ecritures des Amériques for the Prix des Amériques Insulaires, during which a series of exchanges and encounters for the general public and schoolchildren were organised with the author. In 2012, her novel Orange Laughter was listed as one of the year’s 25 best books by the magazine Wasafiri.

Bibliographie sélective

Novels

  • Orange Laughter. Anchor Press – Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2000 (Le rire orange. Translated by Pierre Furlan, published by Actes du Sud, 2001).
  • All The Blood Is Red. ARP, 1996 (Le sang est toujours rouge. Translated by Pierre Furlan, published by Actes du Sud, 2003).

Short stories

  • • “Roll It” in Kingston Noir. Editions Colin Channer, Akashic Books, 2012.
  • • “Love Silk Food” in The Best British Short Stories 2011. Editions Nicholas Royle, Salt Publishing, 2011.
  • • “When The River” in Making The Hook Up: Edgy Sex with Soul. Editions Cole Riley, Cleis Press, 2010.
  • • “The Heart Has No Bones” in Incommunicado. Editions Romy Ashe and Tom Doig, Express Media, 2006.
  • • “Breakfast Time” in Tell Tales, The Anthology of Short Stories, Vol. 2. Editions Rajeev Balasuramanyam and Courttia Newland, Flipped Eye Publishing Ltd., 2005.
  • • “Breathing” in Spoonface: A Collection of Short Fiction, ed. Clem Cairns. Fish Publishing, 2004
  • • “Contract” in Brown Sugar 3. Editions Carol Taylor, Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  • • “Art, for Fuck’s Sake” in Brown Sugar 2. Editions Carol Taylor, Simon & Schuster, 2002.
  • • “Drag” in Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction. Editions Carol Taylor, Dutton Plume, 2001.
  • • “Mudman” in Time Out London Short Stories, Vol. II. Editions Nicholas Royle, Penguin, 2000.
  • • “And You Know This” in Wild Ways: Stories of Women on the Road. Editions Margo Daley and Jill Dawson, Sceptre Press, 1997.
  • • “Phone Call to a Rape Crisis Centre” in Burning Words, Flaming Images, Editions Kadija Sesay, SAKS Media, 1996.

Other

  • • Foreword to David I. Muir's The Real Rock: Pieces of Jamaica, 2012.
  • • "The People” in Discover Jamaica. Insight Guides, 2000.
  • How Many Storeys? The History of Housing Associations in the UK. Ujima Housing Association, 2000.
  • • "Black Narcissus" in IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain. Editions Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay, Penguin, 2000.
  • • Poetry (“Rooms”, “Ouch”, “Sex Myths”, “Incidents at 3 A.M.”) in Burning Words, Flaming Images, Editions Kadija Sesay. SAKS Media, 1996.
  • • Poetry in Creation Fire: A CAFRA Anthology of Caribbean Women’s Poetry. Editions Ramabai Espinet, Sister Vision Press, October, 1989.

Prizes and distinctions

2000: Beneficiary of a London Arts Board Writers Award grant.

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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