Valerie Bloom was born in Jamaica and came to England in 1979.
She studied English with African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
She writes poetry in English and Jamaican patois for all ages, and has performed her work throughout the world, with many television and radio appearances. Her poetry is included in a number of anthologies and she tutors regularly for schools and colleges.
Her books include the Jamaican poetry collections Touch mi! Tell mi! (1983); andDuppy Jamboree and other Jamaican Poems (1991); Hot Like Fire (2002), a collection of poems in English and Jamaican patois; and more recently, Whoop an'Shout! (2003).
She has edited several collections of poetry such as On a Camel to the Moon and other poems about journeys (2001) and One River, Many Creeks: poems from all around the world (2003). Her children's novel, Surprising Joy, was published in 2003.
Valerie Bloom has been awarded an Honorary Masters Degree from the University of Kent, and lives in Kent. Her latest books are The Tribe and A Soh Life Goh, both published in 2008. In the same year, she was awarded an MBE for services to poetry.
Taken from: BritishCouncil