Caribbean Writers and Their Art: Zee Edgell interviewed by Michael Anthony (1992)
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Trinidadian novelist Michael Anthony interviews the internationally famous Belizean novelist, Zee Edgell. He asks about the languages spoken in Belize; Edgell lists the Creole speakers, the three Mayan groups, the Carib Indians, the Mennonites, the Spanish speakers, the Garifuna, and the mestizas. Edgell discusses Belizean literature and oral history, adding that Belizeans are "very aware" of West Indian literature. She says that the multiculturality and traditions of Belize influences her writing and that she desires to be an international, rather than a regional, writer. Describing her themes in her novel Beka Lamb, she says that it was written in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and the United States. Anthony asks about Belizean culture and about her second novel, In Times Like These, which is also about a historical period (1981) during the riots in Belize. Edgell says she knew she would become a writer in grade school and speaks of her ambition to write a novel for each ethnicity in Belize.