Allfrey Poetry Collection Launched

1458541The publication of ‘Love for an Island’: the Collected Poems of Phyllis Shand Allfrey, was launched on Thursday January 9th 2014 and represents the first opportunity for individuals to sample the poetic output of the Dominican writer and politician, Phyllis Shand Allfrey.



Poet, politician and novelist, Phyllis Shand Allfrey (1908-1986) was a white Dominican who defied her class and colour in her politics and her writing.

Some of her work has been out of print since 1940. This volume brings together the four collections published in her lifetime, some unpublished poems and examples of her later satirical work as the editor of Dominica’s The Star newspaper.




Written over four decades, this collection reflects Allfrey’s personal circumstances of place and politics, both tropical and temperate.

On returning to the Caribbean in 1954, she co-founded the Dominica Labour Party, Dominica’s first mass political party and became a minister in the West Indies Federation.




She died in Dominica in 1986.

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