Monique Roffey is a Trinidadian-born British writer. Her erotic novel The Tryst, was published in the summer of 2017. Her novel House of Ashes was shortlisted for the 2015 COSTA Fiction Award, as well as the 2015 OCM BOCAS Award, and her novel Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Orion Award. She teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a tutor at the Norwich Writers Centre.
That April day outside the Hall of Justice was momentous. Trinidad and Tobago’s High Court ruled that the country’s antiquated and explicitly anti-homosexual laws should be struck off the books once and for all, a historic win. Across the Caribbean two realities exist in conflict: the diversity and fluidity of beliefs and lifestyles having to do with sex and marriage within actual communities, and the staid and forbidding values touted by church leaders and politicians.