Culture Famous Writers from Guyana

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List of famous writers from Guyana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Guyana is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Guyana writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Guyana and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List features writers like Mahadai Das and Wordsworth McAndrew.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Guyana writers?" and "Which writers are from Guyana?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Guyana in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Guyana, but they're all of Guyana descent.
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Pauline Melville is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 71
Pauline Melville 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 are the ...more
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Wilson Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 98
Sir Theodore Wilson Harris is a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but has since become a well-known novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said to be abstract and densely ...more
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E. R. Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 99
Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is a Guyanese novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He is the author ...more
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Ivan van Sertima is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)
Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima was a Guyanese-born associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the United States. He was best known for his Olmec alternative origin ...more
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Martin Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Martin Carter Dec. at 70 (1927-1997)
Martin Wylde Carter was a Guyanese poet and political activist. Widely regarded as the greatest Guyanese poet, and one of the most important poets of the Caribbean region, Carter is best known ...more
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Grace Nichols is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Grace Nichols age 69
Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet, whose first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
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Rupert Roopnaraine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 76
Rupert Roopnaraine is a Guyanese writer and politician.
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Oonya Kempadoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 53
Oonya Kempadoo is a novelist who was born in the UK of Guyanese parentage, her father being the writer Peter Kempadoo.
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Beryl Gilroy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Beryl Gilroy Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)
Beryl Agatha Gilroy was a novelist and teacher, and "one of Britain's most significant post-war Caribbean migrants". Born in what was then British Guiana, she moved in the 1950s to the ...more
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Aubrey Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Dec. at 64 (1926-1990)
Aubrey Williams 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 symbols inspired by the ...more
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Mahadai Das is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Dec. at 49 (1954-2003)
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 Bishop's High School, Georgetown. She did her first ...more
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Sharon Maas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Sharon Maas age 68
Sharon Maas is a Guyanese-born novelist, who was educated in England, lived in India, and subsequently in Germany and in Sussex, UK.
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Sheik Sadeek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Sheik Sadeek
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Jan Shinebourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
age 72
Jan Lowe Shinebourne, also published as Janice Shinebourne, is a Guyanese novelist who now lives in England. Being of Chinese ancestry and from Guyana allows her to represent a shared cultural ...more
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Moses Nagamootoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Moses Nagamootoo
Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo was born on 30th November, 1947 He is a writer and politician from Guyana. He was born in the village of Whim, in the eastern County of Berbice, Guyana. A former ...more
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Wordsworth McAndrew is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Guyana
Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)
Wordsworth McAndrew was a leading Guyana folklorist, poet, and creative artist.