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  • "Finding The Lost Child"
  • Work in Progress: The Latest From the Front Lines of Literature, Presented by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • May 2015
  • Living inside a book for many years it is perhaps inevitable that one loses sight of what the book is actually about. That is, if one ever really knew in the first place. Writers move stealthily, and almost always by instinct. However on completing a manuscript one is forced to describe to agents, editors, friends, and family the subject-matter of these months and years of furtiveness. So, what is your book about? It’s at this point that the full extent of the myopia is laid bare. “I’m afraid I’m not sure” will not suffice as an answer. Neither will, “Can you give me a little more time to disengage myself and make sense of things?” In the end I usually find myself talking about what led me to the book, for this is a subject I can tip-toe around with some degree of confidence..
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  • "75 at 75: Caryl Phillips on Derek Walcott."
  • 92nd Street Y: Poetry Center Online
  • April 2014
  • Caryl Phillips responds to a reading by Derek Walcott as part of the 92nd St Y's project, "Poetry Center Online: Celebrating 75 Years of the Unterberg Poetry Center".
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  • "High Strung by Stephen Tigor - review"
  • The Guardian
  • Friday September 9, 2011
  • Borg vs McEnroe: one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. A review of Stephen Tigor's High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry.
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  • 'Finding The Lost Child', Work in Progress: The Latest From the Front Lines of Literature, Presented by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, May 2015.
  • 'Derek Walcott: The Journeyman Years, Occasional Prose 1957-1974, Volumes 1 and 2, Edited by Gordon Collier', Wasafiri, Fall 2014.
  • 'Revisiting the European Tribe', Wasafiri, Volume 79, Fall 2014.
  • '75 at 75: Caryl Phillips on Derek Walcott', 92nd Street Y's 'Poetry Center Online: Celebrating 75 Years of the Unterberg Poetry Center', April 2014.
  • 'A Bend in the River', A London Address: The Artangel Essays, (Granta, 2013) pp.35-45.
  • 'South Africa: Life With Father', Review of Zakes Mda's Sometimes There is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider, The New York Review of Books, Volume 60, Number 1, 10 January 2013.
  • 'Colour Me English', Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life, ed. Benedicte Ledent and Daria Tunca. Rodopi, 2012, pp. 11-22.
  • 'A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on slave forts and manillas as African Atlantic sites of memory.' Interview with Alan Rice, Atlantic Studies, Volume 9, Number 3, September 2012, pp. 363-372.

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