Edward archibald archie markham frsl 1 october 1939 23 march 2008 was a montserratian poet playwright novelist and academic he moved to the united kingdom in 1956 where he remained for most of his life writing as well as teaching at various academic institutions. E a markham 1939 2008 had a career that embraced the range of literary life and more aside from his poetry for which he was nominated for the t s eliot prize in 2002 he wrote novels essays plays and short stories he edited anthologies including hugo versus montserrat which dealt with the aftermath in montserrat of a devastating hurricane and hinterland a key poetry collection in . Archie markham who has died of a heart attack aged 68 was a superb poet and writer of short stories his work was characterised by subtlety wit intelligence playfulness resistance to all . Ea markhams absorbing speculative digressive new work belongs to no known genre this is not a conventional collection of linked stories although characters and situations abound and recur. Ea markham known to his friends as archie died in march 2008 at the age of 69 he wasnt as well known as vs naipaul wilson harris sam selvon or george lamming caribbean writers
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