‘When We Were Birds’: the BFG interview with Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

The writer from Trinidad and Tobago releases her debut novel today

The author Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Stuart Simpson / Penguin Random House 2021.)

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago,. Her debut novel When We Were Birds places the reader in a slightly fictionalized version of the country, where magic and mundanity co-mingle as much as the living and the dead. Booker Prize-winning novelist Pat Barker writes of this debut: “Combining the richness of myth with razor-sharp observation of contemporary life, When We Were Birds marks the emergence of a distinctive and powerful voice.” Banwo spoke with me from London.

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Art Edwards

Art Edwards’s reviews have appeared in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Kenyon Review, among many others. He was cofounder of the Refreshments. His recently finished novel is called Nineteen Ways to Destroy Your Rock Band.

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