Adrian Calloo is a British writer, author of Night Flutes: A Book of Poetry.
Born to Caribbean parents; Daphne Calloo, a fraud analyst and Clinton Jnr Williams, a clothing designer, in the London Borough of Southwark, Calloo spent most of his formative years in Walthamstow, East London after his parents fled the increasing racial tensions in Tottenham that had escalated after the tragic Broadwater Farm riots.
When Calloo arrived at his new East London home, he came across books, left behind by the previous owners and spent a considerable amount of time lost in the universe of Garth, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and other comic books from the 60’s and 70’s.
This discovery may have ignited Calloo’s interest in story-telling.
A library card for the local Wood Street library opened up a whole new world of books and Calloo didn’t waste time in going through all of the Asterix and Tintin comics and by the age of nine, he was reading horror novels.
Calloo cites Stephen King, James Herbert and Enid Blyton as some of the authors that influenced his love for storytelling.
‘’My Mum told me that when I was in Junior school I used to wander out of the middle of a class and the teacher would find me in the reading area, engrossed in a book.’‘
In secondary school, teachers noticed his talent for writing essays and poetry and Calloo was asked to write for the school magazine.
While living in Portsmouth he became a brief member of the Portsmouth Writers hub where he gained valuable literary advice from writers such as Crime author Zoe Sharpe, Poet Dean Atta and best-selling author Cressida ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Cowell.
Night Flutes: A Book of Poetry was released on May 19th 2019.