Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...English children's author and illustrator Babette Cole died on 15th January aged 66; her books include Princess Smartypants (1986) and Prince Cinders (1987)...Italian author Giulio Angioni died on 12th January aged 77...American author of The Exorcist (1971), William Peter Blatty, died on 12th January aged 89...

Jean Genet (1910-1986)

Death: 15th April 1986
Cause of death: Accidental - died as a result of a fall in a hotel room
Location: Spanish Cemetery, Larache, Morocco
Photo taken by:  Iain MacFarlaine

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French writer. Genet had a difficult childhood and ended up in a young offenders prison. He joined the Foreign Legion when he was eighteen, but he  was given a dishonourable discharge on grounds of indecency (having been caught engaged in a homosexual act).  He then  across Europe, financing the trip by theft and selling himself - experiences he recounts in The Thief's Journal (1949).  He returned to Paris in 1937 and spent time in prison for lewd acts and theft.  Whilst in prison he wrote the novel Our Lady of the Flowers (1944).  Genet met Jean Cocteau, who was impressed by his writing. Cocteau used his contacts to get Genet's novel published, and in 1949, when Genet was threatened with a life sentence after ten convictions, Cocteau and other prominent figures, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Pablo Picasso, successfully petitioned the French President to have the sentence set aside. Genet would never return to prison.  By the end of 1949 he had produced five novels, three plays and countless works of poetry.  His writing was banned in the United States due to his portrayal of homosexuality. During the 60’s he was involved in political activism and drew attention to the treatment of immigrants in France.

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