Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer. She has written five novels – Dog-Heart, Huracan (Peepal Tree Press), Gone to Drift (Papillote Press and HarperCollins) and White Liver Gal (self published). Her most recent book is Daylight Come, published by Peepal Tree Press in September 2020. Both Dog-Heart and Huracan were short listed for the Saroyan Prize for International Writing, and Gone to Drift was placed second in the 2015 Burt Prize for Caribbean Young Adult literature.
Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Granta, Jamaica Journal, Adda Stories, Eleven Eleven, SCOOP the magazine, and the Griffith Review. She won the Hollick Arvon Prize for non- fiction in 2014 for her work-in-progress book entitled Loving Jamaica. She was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2012, for her story The Dolphin Catchers. More recently, her story Picking Crabs in Negril was shortlisted for the V.S. Pritchett prize in 2019. Her first children’s book, Finny the Fairy Fish, was published by Harper Collins UK via their Collins Big Cat series in November 2020.
She is also on the editorial board of the online magazine, PREE and she was a judge for the 2021 Commonwealth Writers Prize.
A reading from the award-winning Young Adult novel Gone to Drift
En Papillote is a series of readings by authors from the list of Papillote Press of Dominica, and the UK. Each video is introduced by publisher Polly Pattullo. Here, Diana McCaulay of Jamaica reads from her Young Adult novel, Gone to Drift.