Elly Niland

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Elly Niland is a Guyanese-born poet, playwright and teacher.

Her first collection of poetry was nominated for Best First Book of Poetry[1] and was runner up for the Guyana Prize for Literature 2004.[2] Her second collection Cornerstones won the Guyana Prize for Literature 2006.[3][4] Her third collection, East of Centre, was funded by the British Arts Council and launched with several of the regions' leading writers at CARIFESTA 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Niland was born in Guyana in 1954, and has lived in Surrey with her husband and children since 1971. After studying as a mature student at Hillcroft College in Britain, she went on to read for her Modern Arts degree at Kingston University and then to take her PGCE.

Collaborations[edit]

Elly Niland and David Dabydeen dramatised Harold Sonny Ladoo’s short novel No Pain Like This Body – depicting the terrifying world of a family brutalised by violence, poverty and nature itself. Set in a Hindu community in the Eastern Caribbean in 1905 during the August rainy season, it centres on a poor rice-growing family's struggle to survive. No Pain Like this Body was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2003.

BBC commission[edit]

"The Fog", a story about a sickness spreading across Malaysia, was specially commissioned for the BBC’s Commonwealth Stories season and was read by Liz Sutherland on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

Fiction[edit]

Market Day, from her Bone Soup collection, was shortlisted for the inaugural Guardian and 4th Estate short story prize in 2016.[5][6]

The Fog, a story about a sickness spreading across Malaysia, was specially commissioned for the BBC’s Commonwealth Stories season and was read by Liz Sutherland on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

Niland is currently working on a collection of creole stories set in a fictional village in Guyana.

Bibliography[edit]

Prizes[edit]

  • Guyana Prize for Literature 2004 (runner up)[2]
  • Guyana Prize for Literature 2006 (winner)[1][4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paquet, Sandra Pouchet,"Guyana Prize for Literature: Judges Report", Stabroek News, 26 August 2007. Retrieved on 2010-01-26
  2. ^ a b c Mair, John, "Kingston (Surrey) teacher in line for Guyana Prize", Stabroek News, 13 August 2007. Retrieved on 2010-01-26
  3. ^ "Guyana Prize Winners Announced", Stabroek News, 24 August 2007. Retrieved on 2010-01-26
  4. ^ a b Creighton, Al. "The Guyana Prize for Literature 2006" , Guyana Review, Vol. 15, Issue No. 177, September 2007. Retrieved on 2010-01-26
  5. ^ http://www.4thestate.co.uk/prize/
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jan/23/guardian-4th-estate-bame-prize-untapped-talent