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Valerie Bloom

Poet and novelist

BA English with African & Caribbean Studies (Rutherford 1982)


Valerie Bloom has published several collections, the most recent of which is Whoop an' Shout! Her first collection was Touch Mi, Tell Mi and this was followed by Duppy Jamboree, Let me Touch the Sky, The World is Sweet and Hot like Fire. She has also edited a number of collections including One River Many Creeks and A Twist in the Tale and her poems have appeared in over three hundred anthologies.

She writes poetry both in English and Jamaican patois. She has performed widely throughout the UK and abroad and appeared on many radio and TV programs. In 2005, she made a series of three programs focusing on Jamaican Poetry for BBC Radio 4 entitled Island Voices.

Valerie received a Doctor of Arts from the University in 1995.

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