Fred D’Aguiar was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.
Fred D’Aguiar grew up in Guyana, returning to England in his teens. He is the author of five novels, including The Longest Memory, which won the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His eighth poetry collection, Letters to America was a Poetry Book Society Choice. His numerous plays have been staged in the UK and broadcast on BBC radio. He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading English with African and Caribbean Studies and is currently Professor of English at University of California Los Angeles. Year of Plagues: A Memoir of 2020 is his first non-fiction book.