Fred D’Aguiar was born in 1960 and was brought up in Guyana. However, he completed his secondary and tertiary education in the United Kingdom.
His first novel, The Longest Memory was published to great acclaim in 1994, and won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the David Higham First Novel Award, and the Guyana Prize. He is the author of books of poetry, Mama Dot, Airy Hall and British Subjects.
He was a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Miami. His works include Bethany Bettany (2003); Dear Future (1996), Feeding the Ghosts (1997); Poetry: Bill of Rights (1998); Jonestown (1979); Bloodaxe (2002) and Continental Shelf (2009).
He is the recipient of several literary prizes and awards.