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Famous Authors from Guyana

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List of the most popular authors from Guyana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Guyana authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Guyana writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include Beryl Gilroy, Aubrey Williams and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Guyana?" and "Who are the best Guyana authors?"

For further information on these historic Guyana authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Guyana authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • 1

    E. R. Braithwaite

    To Sir, With Love

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Guyana


    Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (June 27, 1912 – December 12, 2016), publishing as E. R. Braithwaite, was a Guyanese-born British-American novelist, writer, teacher and diplomat best known for his...  more
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    Pauline Melville

    Shape-shifter, Der Bauchredner.



    Pauline Melville (born 1948) is a Guyanese-born writer and actress of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry, who is currently based in London, England. Among awards she has received for her writing...  more
  • 3

    Grace Nichols

    Number Parade, Quartet of Poems



    Grace Nichols (born 1950) is a Guyanese poet who moved to Britain in 1977. Her first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983), won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize....  more
  • 4

    Wilson Harris

    Heartland, J.A. Spender

    BirthplaceNew Amsterdam, Guyana


    Sir Theodore Wilson Harris (24 March 1921 – 8 March 2018) was a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but subsequently became a well-known novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said...  more
  • 5

    Ivan van Sertima

    The Golden Age of the Moor, Early America revisited

    BirthplaceBritish Guiana


    Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima (26 January 1935 – 25 May 2009) was a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the United States.He was best known for his Olmec...  more
  • 6

    Martin Carter

    Poesías escogidas =, Poems of succession

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana, Georgetown


    Martin Wylde Carter (7 June 1927 – 13 December 1997) was a Guyanese poet and political activist. Widely regarded as the greatest Guyanese poet, and one of the most important poets of the Caribbean...  more
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    Beryl Gilroy

    Boy-sandwich, Sunlight on sweet water

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Americas, Guyana


    Beryl Agatha Gilroy (née Answick; 30 August 1924 – 4 April 2001) was a British pioneering teacher and novelist, and "one of Britain's most significant post-war Caribbean migrants", part of the...  more
  • 8

    Rupert Roopnaraine

    Suite for Supirya, Web of October

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Guyana


    Rupert Roopnaraine (born 31 January 1943) is a Guyanese cricketer, writer, and politician....  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Americas, Guyana


    Stanley Greaves (born 1934) is a Guyanese painter and writer who is one of the Caribbean's most distinguished artists. Writing in 1995 at the time of a retrospective exhibition to celebrate...  more
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    Oonya Kempadoo

    El Arbol De Los Sentidos, Tide running

    BirthplaceSussex, United Kingdom


    Oonya Kempadoo (born 1966) is a novelist who was born in the United Kingdom of Guyanese parentage, her father being the writer Peter Kempadoo....  more
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    Aubrey Williams

    Aubrey Williams

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Guyana


    Aubrey Williams (8 May 1926 – 17 April 1990) was a Guyanese artist. He was best known for his large, oil-on-canvas paintings, which combine elements of abstract expressionism with forms, images and...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Americas, Guyana


    Jan Lowe Shinebourne (born 1947), also published as Janice Shinebourne, is a Guyanese novelist who now lives in England. In a unique position to be able to provide an insight into multicultural...  more
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    Mahadai Das was a Guyanese poet. She was born in Eccles, East Bank Demerara, Guyana, in 1954. She wrote poetry from her early school days at The Bishops' High School, Georgetown. She did her first...  more
  • 14

    Moses Nagamootoo

    Hendree's cure


    Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo (Tamil: மோசஸ் வீராசாமி நாகமுத்து; born 30 November 1947) is a Guyanese politician and writer who has been Prime Minister of Guyana since 2015....  more
  • 15

    Sheik Sadeek

    He, Namaste

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Americas, Guyana

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    Sharon Maas (born 1951) is a Guyanese-born novelist, who was educated in England, lived in India, and subsequently in Germany and in Sussex, United Kingdom. She also wrote The Sugar Planters Daughter...  more
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    Wordsworth McAndrew (1936 – 25 April 2008) was a leading Guyana folklorist, poet, and creative artist....  more
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