Kerry Young


Kerry Young is a novelist with two books published by Bloomsbury: Pao (2011) and Gloria (2013). Her third novel in the trilogy Fay is due to be published in 2015. All three books are set in Jamaica against a backdrop of social change and political upheaval, telling three people’s interlinked stories of struggle and redemption, love and ambition, race, class, gender and colour in a country at a crossroads. Pao was shortlisted for the Costa first-novel award, the Commonwealth book prize and the East Midlands book award. Gloria has been longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize for Caribbean literature.

Kerry’s background is in youth work where she published widely and undertook research, training and consultancy for central government departments, local authorities, voluntary organisations, charities, universities and public bodies. She is a qualified coach, accredited with the International Coach Federation from 2008 to 2011 when she withdrew from consultancy work to concentrate on being a writer.

Kerry has a masters degree in organisation development and in creative writing, and a PhD in youth work. She also has a wealth of teaching experience within higher education at BA, MA and PhD level. The RLF fellowship programme offers Kerry the perfect opportunity to practise her commitment to supporting people to write whatever their discipline. Kerry is also a reader for the Literary Consultancy and an occasional tutor at the Arvon Foundation

Kerry Young


University of Sheffield 2014-16