Creative Writing & Essays

Carinya’s creative writing has been published in various publications, including The London Reader, Commonwealth Writers’ ADDA Stories and The Guyana Annual.

She was shortlisted for the Flipside Festival’s 2017 Green Alphabet Writing Prize and Rebel Women Lit’s Caribbean Readers’ Award (Non Fiction – Individual Pieces) 2020; and longlisted for Mslexia’s Short Story Competition 2021.

She was also selected by Kendal Mountain Literature Festival to be part of its Open Mountain showcase in 2021 (see below), and was a guest writer on the SHEroes project in Lewisham in 2022.

Kendal Mountain Festival: Open Mountain 2021

We were so thrilled to be bring six amazing writers together again for Open Mountain 2021. The online event was presented by judges Kate Davis and Polly Atkin, and featured readings from selected writers Becca Grady, Carinya Sharples, Erin Niimi
Longhurst, Lynn Buckle, Paula Knight and Sarah Doyle.

Stabroek News: Books That Make Us

Growing up, not many of the characters in the books I read looked like me. My parents must have made an effort to find some ‘diverse’ children’s literature though… [Read ‘The Books That Make Us’]

The London Reader: Unravelling

For this edition of The London Reader I collaborated with my sister Becca Sharples to produce a poem inspired by her artwork. She later used a knitting machine to stitch the lines of my poem into a new artwork. [Read more info on ‘Unravelling’ in The London Reader]

Commonwealth Writers: Life on Stilts

On my last night in Guyana I meet some friends at the seawall, where more than 60 years before my dad would come to listen to music at the bandstand, promenade and, on Easter Sunday, fly homemade box kites… [Read ‘Life On Stilts’]