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Edited by Wendy McMahon & Yvonne Weekes


Disaster Matters is a unique resource and captivating collection of poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and scientific articles - enhanced with colorful photographs and images - providing storied experiences and critical questions about climate issues, hazards, and disasters, especially hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes in the Caribbean.


"This important contribution to the fertile ground of Caribbean literature enables the reader to view the common thread of disaster from multiple perspectives and may inspire others to create their own unique accounts of facing disaster and engaging in the process of rebuilding."

Michael Esposito, Cultural Development Consultant, President Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, USA


"This superb collection of notes and quotes, questions, poems, and stories from across the Caribbean is a testament to the intensity of human reactions to life-changing events. This literary anthology will enrich disasters literature and help engage young people in a topic of personal and professional importance."

- Dr. Emily Wilkinson, Senior Research Fellow, ODI Chief Scientific Adviser, CREAD-Dominica Co-Director, Caribbean Resilience and Recovery Knowledge Network


This book is published by UEA Publishing Project in partnership with HOUSE OF NEHESI PUBLISHERS.




Yvonne Weekes, PhD, teaches theatre and arts education at The University of the West Indies – Cave Hill. She has lived in Barbados since being forced to move from Montserrat because of the Soufriere Hills volcanic eruption in 1995. Dr. Weekes is the author of the awardwinning memoir Volcano and the poetry collections Nomad and Pandemic Moments—the latter with Howard A Fergus. Dr. Weekes is the Panel Chair for the Performing Arts syllabus of the Caribbean Advanced Profi ciency Examination (CAPE).


Wendy McMahon, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. She specialises in Caribbean writing and cultures, focusing particularly on peoples’ relationships to place, the environment, and histories of the region. Dr. McMahon has worked on St. Vincent and Montserrat on projects about cultural responses to volcanic hazard as part of an interdisciplinary research team focusing on approaches to disaster risk reduction in the Eastern Caribbean.

Disaster Matters by Wendy McMahon & Yvonne Weekes

SKU: 978-1-915812-42-1
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