Dabydeen, Cyril

About Cyril Dabydeen

Biography and Bibliography (Peepal Tree Press)



Rodriguez Guglielmoni, Linda M. "God's Spider: The Dreamer's Maze." Caribbean Writer, vol. 30, 2016

Sauvé, Robert. "My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories." Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, 2015

McKenzie, Stephanie. "Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today." Unviersity of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 82, no. 3, 2013

Pirbhai, Mariam. "Imaginary Origins: Selected Poems 1970-2002." Arts Journal, vol. 6, no. 1-2, 2010

Perrin, Lindsey. "North of the Equator." Quill and Quire, Dec. 2001

Baugh, Hume. "Berbice Crossing." Quill and Quire, Jan. 1997

Smith, Patricia Keeney. "Elephants Make Good Stepladders by Cyril Dabydeen." Quarry, vol. 34, no. 2, 1985

Kwame Dawes. "Discussing Columbus." Peepal Tree Press, undated



Mishrahi-Barak, Judith. "A Conversation with Cyril Dabydeen." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, 2001



Frątczak-Dąbrowska, Marta. "Living in Paradise: The Ecological Conscience of Contemporary Anglo-Guyanese Fiction as seen Through the Examples of Dark Swirl, The Ventriloquist's Tale and The Timehrian." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 55, no. 2, 2019

Khan, Aliyah. "Indigeneity and the Indo-Caribbean in Cyril Dabydeen's Dark Swirl." Studies in Canadian Literature, vol. 40, no. 1, 2015

Alonso Alonso, María. Diasporic Marvellous Realism: History, Identity, and Memory in Caribbean Fiction, 2015

Tewfik, Lamia M. S. Z. "Indian Veneration of Trees and Plants in Selected Caribbean Poems: Potent Plants and Foliaceous Men." Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. 7, no. 2, 2013

Maharaj, J. Vijay. "The Trials of Becoming a Man in Cyril Dabydeen's The Wizard Swami." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 21, no. 1-2, 2012/2013

Otto, Melanie. "A Portrait of the Artist: Sam Selvon in the Work of Cyril Dabydeen and Kamau Brathwaite." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 20, no. 2, 2012

Ramsey-Kurz, Helga. “Glimpses of Paradise: Hope in Short Stories of Migration by M. G. Vassanji, Cyril Dabydeen, and Janette Turner Hospital.” Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewhere in Postcolonial Migrant Literature, Ramsey-Kurz and Ganapathy-Doré (eds.), 2011

Gupta, Sukanya. "In Search of a Doped 'Destiny': Hinduism & Guyana in Cyril Dabydeen's The Wizard Swami." South Asian Review, vol. 30, no. 1, 2009

James, Cynthia. "Performing West Indian Childhood across Oceans and Time: Gender and Identity in Marlene Nourbese Phillip's Harriet's Daughter, Merle Hodge's For the Life of Laetitia, and Cyril Dabydeen's Sometimes Hard." Canadian Children's Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, 2007

Riemenschneider, Dieter. "Intercultural Communication: Minority Writing in the Post-Colonial World: The Caribbean-Canadian Connection." Crabtracks, Collier and Schulze-Engler (eds.), 2002

McLeod, Alan L. "Cyril Dabydeen: From National to Multicultura Voice." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 1996

Birbalsingh, Frank. "Cyril Dabydeen: Here and There." Frontiers of Caribbean Literatures in English, Birbalsingh (ed.), 1996

McLeod, A. L. "The Poetry of Cyril Dabydeen." Literary Half-Yearly, vol. 35, no. 1, 1994

Mukherjee, Arun P. "The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje and Cyril Dabydeen: Two Responses to Otherness." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 20, no. 1, 1985




The Wizard Swami (1989)

Dark Swirl (1989)


Childrend's and Adult's Book

Sometimes Hard (1994)


Short Story Collections

God's Spider (2014)

My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories (2013)

Play a Song Somebody (2004)

North of the Equator (2001)

My Brahmin Days (2000)

Black Jesus (1996)

Berbice Crossing (1996)

Jogging in Havana (1992)


Poetry Collections

Imaginary Origins: Selected Poems (2004)

Hemisphere of Love (2003)

Discussing Columbus (1997)

Another Way to Dance (1996)

Stoning the Wind (1994)

Coastland: Selected Poems (1989)

Elephants Make Good Stepladders (1982)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Home and Far Away: Remembering Rose Hall Sugar Plantation." Re-Imagining the Guyanas, Aje et al. (ed.), 2019

"Conferencing & Anthologizing: The Caribbean Short Story-Memoir as Narrative." Caribbean Writer, vol. 32, 2018

"Negotiating V. S. Naipaul." Transplanted Imageries: Literature of New Climes, Sunitha (ed.), 2008

"Shaping the Environment." Caribbean Literature and the Environment, DeLoughrey et al. (eds.), 2005

"On Knowing Wilson Harris." Theatre of the Arts: Wilson Harris and the Caribbean, Maes-Jelinek and Ledent (eds.), 2002