When We Were Birds

‘It is an imagined Trinidad with the volume turned up loud’ – Ayanna Lloyd Banwo chats about her debut novel When We Were Birds

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She shares how she came to find the story for her incantatory debut When We Were Birds, and the sense of place in the novel.

‘First thing you have to remember is that there was a time before time.’ – Read an extract from When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from When We Were Birds — Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s gorgeously immersive, mesmerising and life-affirming literary debut – a love story and a ghost story set in modern-day Trinidad.